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Nebraska officers hunting for Utah fugitive

Published December 11, 2012 11:17 am

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CHADRON, Neb. • Local and state officers are searching a wooded area in far northwest Nebraska for a man wanted on Utah warrants.

Dawes County Sheriff Karl Dailey says the hunt began about 5:30 p.m. Monday for Justin Pierce and continued overnight.

Dailey says deputies were trying to serve arrest warrants on Pierce at his residence near Crawford when Pierce fled in in a pickup. Dailey says Pierce soon left the truck and ran into nearby woods. Officers cordoned off about 4 square miles where he was believed to be hiding.

Dailey says he's confident Pierce will be caught Tuesday or that Pierce will come in out of the cold and surrender. The overnight low in nearby Chadron was 15.

Dailey says Pierce is not considered dangerous.