Ex-Nebraska trooper's charges dropped in fatal pursuit case

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RUSHVILLE, Neb. (KNEP) - A special prosecutor has dropped misdemeanor charges against a former Nebraska state trooper involved in a pursuit that led to a deadly crash.

The Sheridan County Special Prosecutor Joe Stecher filed a motion Thursday to dismiss Tim Flick's misdemeanor charges of motor vehicle homicide and making a false statement under oath.

Flick's charges stem from his role in the 2016 high-speed chase of an intoxicated motorist in Sheridan County. His trial had been set for next month. Stecher didn't elaborate on the reason for requesting the case's dismissal.

Dashcam video showed Flick trying to get into position to bump a fleeing vehicle so it safely spins out. The car crashed and rolled, killing the driver.

Court records show State Patrol officials later said Flick's car was struck by the fleeing vehicle.

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Story: March 8, 2018
A June trial has been set for the former Nebraska State Trooper facing charges as a result of a 2016 pursuit that ended in a fatality in Sheridan County.

Timothy Flick, 42, appeared in Sheridan County Court Thursday afternoon with his attorney David Domina, and entered pleas of not guilty to charges of motor vehicle homicide and making a false statement under oath, both class I misdemeanors, as well as an infraction of careless driving.

Flick was involved in an October 2016 pursuit where he tried to pull over Antoine LaDeaux for a stop sign violation, speeding and not having a license plate. During the attempt to stop LaDeaux's car, the front of Flick's patrol cruiser contacted the right rear corner of the suspect car, causing it to go out of control. In the accident, LaDeaux was ejected and died at the scene.

Following a lengthy review, Flick was fired by the State Patrol in December of 2017 for violating internal policy.

According to the court record, Domina made a motion to drop the careless driving charge. Pre-trial conference by telephone was set for May 8, with trial slated to begin with the jury term starting June 4.