A special prosecutor has dismissed without comment charges filed against a former Nebraska state trooper at the center of a storm that rocked the State Patrol.
The Lincoln Journal-Star reports special prosecutor Joe Stecher dismissed two misdemeanors, motor-vehicle homicide and making a false statement under oath filed against Trooper Tim Flick for his role in the 2016 high-speed chase of an intoxicated motorist in Sheridan County. Antoine Ledeaux was killed in the crash when Flick used a tactical vehicle intervention, a move that’s meant to bump a fleeing vehicle in order to get it to safely spin out.
Flick, who was fired from the patrol in December for violating internal policy, was scheduled to go to trial in June in Sheridan County District Court. Flick had maintained he acted in compliance with State Patrol Policy and the intervention was approved by radio by those in command.
The patrol’s top accident reconstructionist later concluded that a coverup had been instituted by his superiors. The false statement charge regarded Flick’s statements before a Sheridan County grand jury that cleared him of any wrongdoing.
The incident was one of two from the Panhandle that led to a review of State Patrol internal investigations and resulted in Flick, agency Superintendent Colonel Brad Rice, and several top officers being fired, reassigned, demoted, or retiring at different times last year.
Flick is contesting his termination by the State Patrol in a formal arbitration process. A 20 year veteran of the agency, Flick received its Honorable Service Award after being shot three times during a standoff at Thiele Pharmacy in Alliance in 2012.