Hastings man accused of trying to kill officer who was hanging out of vehicle

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HASTINGS, Nebraska — A Hastings man trying to avoid arrest sped away in his wife's car while dragging a police officer with him, then crashed and was eventually taken into custody, authorities said.

Marty Deckert, 29, was charged Tuesday with second-degree attempted murder and three related felonies. He remained in custody Wednesday on $750,000 bail. Online court records didn't list an attorney for him.

The incident occurred Friday, as a Hastings police sergeant tried to arrest Deckert on a misdemeanor warrant in a burglary case. In a court filing, Officer Jerry Esch said Deckert asked Sgt. Paul Weber if he could say goodbye to his 2-year-old daughter, whom he was holding. Then Deckert sat down at the wheel of his wife's car and started it, ignoring Weber's warning not to try to anything.

The girl's mother leaned into the car and took her out, as Weber leaped onto Deckert, police said. Deckert accelerated the car while Weber's lower legs were hanging out of the car. Weber said Deckert hit him as they struggled.

According to police, Deckert aimed the car at a utility pole and said to Weber: "Get ready to die, Weber." Weber said he reached up and put the car transmission into park, but the car still hit the pole and stopped.

Deckert got out and ran. Officers set up a perimeter and began a search.

A woman then called police to say a man covered in mud and blood had broken into her home and was hiding in a room. The document says Deckert was captured as he tried to flee out one of its windows.

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