Reuben Mendez

A man on the run from Scotts Bluff County law enforcement officers was taken into custody in Alliance at a local motel on Friday morning after leading Scotts Bluff County Deputies on a pursuit the prior afternoon.

Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman stated in a press release that Rueben Mendez, 31, had multiple warrants out for his arrest on charges that included stalking and domestic assault.

On Thursday afternoon, an officer with the Minatare Police Department recognized Mendez and conducted a traffic stop.

“After stopping briefly, Mendez fled the scene,” the release stated. “A pursuit by the Minatare officer and Scotts Bluff County Deputies ensued with speeds reaching up to 100 mph.”

Law enforcement officers followed Mendez, who was traveling in a red Honda Accord, through rural areas east and north of Minatare. The pursuit ended due to poor visibility.

On Friday morning, Overman issued a press release noting that Mendez was taken into custody without incident by the Alliance Police Department.

“Although he initially denied his identity, the officers noted that his neck tattoo with his name was difficult to hide,” the release stated.

Following the arrest, Box Butte County and Scotts Bluff County Deputies worked together to transport Mendez to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.

According to court documents, Mendez is facing new charges from this incident: operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, class 4 felony, and willful reckless driving, a class 3 misdemeanor.

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