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Inmate abandons work detail in McCook, arrested in Bennington

Posted at 7:18 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 20:22:50-04

An inmate who fled a Nebraska Department of Correctional Services work camp in McCook on Thursday night was arrested Friday afternoon in Bennington.

According to a release from Nebraska State Patrol, Christian Reinke, 20, of Hebron, was spotted pulling into the Bennington High School parking lot Friday afternoon by a trooper, resulting in a lockdown at the school; additional NSP units and a helicopter were deployed to that area. 

Authorities said Reinke traveled to Bennington in a stolen 1998 Chevy Suburban after escaping from NDCS Work Ethic Camp in McCook about 8:20 p.m. Thursday.

Reinke was taken into custody — along with another man and two women — during a felony traffic stop about 1:20 p.m. Friday near 144th Street and Bennington Road, the release states.

Reinke is facing charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and additional charges related to his escape.

Bennington Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Omaha Police Department aided in the search and apprehension, the release states.