A Nebraska State Patrol trooper, with deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, apprehended three juveniles and recovered a stolen car following a pursuit in Polk and Merrick counties Tuesday night.
During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle exceeded 100 mph. The driver also attempted to drive through a cornfield.
At approximately 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper attempted a traffic stop on Highway 92 near Shelby for a Toyota Corolla with a defective taillight. The vehicle came to a stop, but fled before the trooper could make contact. The trooper was able to confirm with State Patrol dispatch that the vehicle had been reported stolen and initiated a pursuit.
The vehicle fled on county roads before turning southbound on Highway 81 and then westbound on Highway 92. The vehicle continued westbound, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, eventually entering Merrick County on Highway 92.
Near mile marker 380, north of Central City, the vehicle attempted to make contact with the trooper’s vehicle.
“The trooper was able to perform a tactical vehicle intervention,” said the State Patrol.
The vehicle then attempted to drive through a cornfield and struck irrigation piping, bringing it to a stop. The trooper and Polk County sheriff’s deputies were then able to apprehend all three occupants of the vehicle.
The juveniles, all from Omaha, were taken into custody. The driver was lodged in the Butler County Jail for flight to avoid arrest, possession of stolen property and other charges. Another juvenile was returned to Douglas County Youth Services. A third was cited for possession of marijuana, released and returned home to Omaha.