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Friday Morning Police Chase

On November 27, 2020, at 4:36 am, officers with the McCook Police Department
attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation near East 5 th and D Streets. As officers
attempted to stop the vehicle, the vehicle fled from officers leading to a pursuit. McCook
Police continued to pursue the subject through city streets with light traffic encountered
due to the time of day minimizing the risk to the public. In the 400 block of West L
Street, the vehicle became disabled due to two tires which had blown leaving only rims
on two wheels. Once the vehicle became disabled, the subject exited the vehicle and fled
on foot. After a short manhunt the subject was located on foot and again fled from
officers. After a taser deployment, the subject was taken into custody in the 500 block of
West L Street. During the pursuit the suspect vehicle caused damage to a parked vehicle
and a fence.
Javier Casarez, age 24, of McCook was taken into custody and charged with Flight to
Avoid Arrest, Speeding, Stop Sign Violations, Willful Reckless Driving, Possession of a
Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing a
Police Officer, 2 Counts of Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, No
Insurance and No Valid Registration. Casarez also held a Felony Warrant for his Arrest
for Failure to Appear in Court on a Motion to Revoke his probation.
In addition, Casarez, was suspected of being the driver in a pursuit involving the McCook
Police Department on October 1, 2020, which ended approximately eight miles north of
McCook when the vehicle crashed and the subject fled on foot but was not immediately
located. Casarez was charged with Flight to Avoid Arrest, Possession of a Controlled
Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstruction of a Police Officer and Traffic
Offenses in relation to that pursuit as well. Casarez was lodged in the Red Willow
County Correctional Facility awaiting a review of bond.