Holt County Sheriff's Office
Just after 5 p.m. March 11, a man wanted out of Florida driving a stolen car from Norfolk led the Holt County Sheriff’s Office on a high-speed pursuit that went through O’Neill.
A gray Chevrolet Impala was observed traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed near Emmet. When the deputy activated his lights, the car continued traveling east and increased its speed to over 100mph.
The pursuing deputy backed off the suspect as they went through O’Neill, but the suspect continued at speeds of 80+ mph. The vehicle continued east, and the pursuing Deputy and other officers caught up to vehicle as it turned south on 498th Avenue at Inman. The vehicle continued south for 7 miles before getting stuck on a minimum maintenance road.
The suspect fled on foot and the pursuing Deputy was able to apprehend the suspect within a couple of minutes.
It was discovered that the vehicle the suspect was driving was stolen a few hours prior from Norfolk and the suspect had an extraditable warrant out of Florida. The suspect was identified as Sean Podobensky, 39, of Florida. Podobensky was transported to Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital to get a medical clearance for issues unrelated to the pursuit. Podobensky was then transferred from St. Anthony’s to Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk as an added precaution. The pursuing Deputy traveled with the ambulance crew and Podobensky and remained at the hospital until he was cleared at 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
Podobensky was then taken to the Madison County jail and held on the Florida warrant with local charges pending.