On August 8, 2018 around 1:05 a.m., Deputies received a call of a motor vehicle accident at Kelly Avenue and Hershey / Dickens Road, south of Hershey, NE. It was reported a single vehicle had rolled, but the driver was not staying by the accident scene. The male Driver of the wrecked vehicle had gotten a ride and was on his way to North Platte, NE.
The Driver contacted the 911 Center and told them he was not wanting to speak to police and if he had to, he would assault the officers. A Deputy was able to identify the vehicle the Driver was riding in and stopped it at Leota and Dewey Street in North Platte, NE. The Driver, who was now a passenger, jumped out and began yelling at the lone Deputy.
The Driver reached down and picked up a frog and wanted to hand it to the Deputy. He changed his mind and began shouting he was holding the innocent frog hostage, as well as yelling threats at the Deputy.
A North Platte Police Officer arrived to assist the Deputy and the subject began to throw paper and trash at the Officer, while holding the frog hostage. The Deputy gave the subject numerous commands to comply and calm down. Eventually the Deputy deployed his Taser, releasing the frog and controlling the male Driver.
The Driver was taken to Great Plains Health and placed in Emergency Protective Custody. Drugs and maybe alcohol is suspected. The frog appeared uninjured.