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Christopher M. Tagwerker

A man and woman were charged this week with resisting arrest, after a sheriff's deputy found them shortly after midnight Tuesday parked at the “Tail Race” – the junction of the Nebraska Public Power District canal and the South Platte River.

Investigators believe they had a glass pipe, the kind used to smoke methamphetamine, but the man drove off before a sheriff’s deputy could seize it.

According to the Lincoln County sheriff’s office, the case started at 00:31 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, when a deputy checked on the vehicle and found man, a woman and a large, aggressive dog inside.

The deputy said the couple -- Melissa Stafford, 33, and Christopher Tagwerker, 34, both of North Platte, were acting suspiciously. As Stafford got out of the vehicle, she dropped a glass pipe.

Stafford was agitated and uncooperative with the deputy, according to the sheriff’s report. While dealing with Stafford, the deputy saw Tagwerker move into the passenger side.

After Stafford was secured, the deputy saw that the pipe was gone. He presumed Tagwerker had it, but Tagwerker would not fully comply with the deputy either. He was removed from the vehicle but resisted, and succeeded in getting back inside with the aggressive dog and locking the doors.

He started the ignition.

Tagwerker then tried to drive forward and back, threatening the deputy, and eventually sped away. The deputy did not pursue because he had Stafford detained.

Stafford was taken to the Lincoln County sheriff’s office, cited for obstructing an officer, and released.

Deputies and North Platte police searched for Tagwerker for several hours and finally, at 00:15 a.m. Thursday, found him at a home in North Platte.

Tagwerker was arrested and charged with obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest and flight to avoid arrest. His bond was set at $100,000.

The investigation continues and further charges may be forthcoming, Chief Deputy Sheriff Roland Kramer said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/2/2017
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