May 24, 2023

Tuesday high speed pursuit that started in Holyoke ended in crash

Posted May 24, 2023 9:37 PM

North Platte Post

HOLYOKE, Colorado - On Tuesday, may 23 at approximately 8:18pm an officer of the Holyoke Police Department attemped to stop a motorcycle for registration and equipment violations near the intersection of East Denver Street and High School Avenue. when the officer activated his emergency lights, the motorcyle rapidly accelerated away from the officer eastbound on E. Denver Street. A vehicle pursuit of the subject was initiated by Holyoke Police Department which continued eastbound towards Imperial, Nebraska. 

During the pursuit, the suspect, identified as Kenneth Johnston of Lamar, Nebraska, was operating at high speeds and driving in a reckless manner in order to evade law enforcement. During the pursuit, Johnston departed the roadway through a field near the intersectoin of Phillips County Road 43 and US Highway 6. He continued at high speeds through the fied and lost control of the motorcycle, resulting in a crash. The suspect attempted to continue to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by officers without any force being used. The suspect was transported to Melissa Memorial Hospital and was treated and released for minor injuries sustained during the crash.

During the subsequent investigation, it was discovered that the motorcycle was confirmed stolen, and Johnston had a valid warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in a Phillips County Court case. He was later booked into the Phillips County Jail on the charges of 1st Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Vehicular Eluding, Aggravated Driving Under Restraint Habitual Traffic Offender, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and for Failure to Appear. Johnston is currently housed at the Logan County Sheffiff's Office without bond until advised by a judge. Johnston is known to the Holyoke Police Department due to previous incidents and arrests. 

Johnston is currently out on bond for a case out of Chase County, Nebraska related to drug possession, possession of drum manufacturing equipment, possession of a destructive device, and others.