Kearney pursuit suspect gets prison in Phelps county case

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The man who led Kearney police on a pursuit which covered 32 blocks is going to prison on another charge.

James Covey, 46, was sentenced to 20-30 years in prison for felony witness tampering. He was arrested after interfering with a 2016 drug case in Phelps County.

In October Kearney Police attempted to stop a 1999 Chevy pickup for a traffic violation at a Kearney intersection. The vehicle failed to stop and took off and led police on chase through the north end of town. The vehicle eventually stopped when it struck a drainage ditch.

Covey fled the scene and was found lying face down on the ground about 100 yards away. Police arrested him on a warrant out of Phelps County.

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