Five juveniles were caught by law enforcement after taking a stolen vehicle for a joy ride.
Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol, with assistance from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln Police Department, apprehended five juveniles involved in a pursuit Wednesday afternoon.
The pursuit began just before 2:00 when the Lincoln Police Department informed the State Patrol of a suspected stolen 2018 Nissan Sentra traveling eastbound on I-80. A state trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to stop. A pursuit was initiated before the vehicle exited I-80 at mile marker 420 and turned southbound on Highway 63. The fleeing vehicle then continued westbound on Church Road toward Greenwood.
At Greenwood, the Sentra turned westbound onto Highway 6 and continued at a high rate of speed. During the pursuit, speeds reached 107 miles per hour.
Spike strips were successfully deployed by Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputies bringing the vehicle to a stop near Waverly. All five occupants fled on foot, but were all taken into custody by multiple agencies on scene.
The driver, a fifteen year old boy, was cited for felony Flight to Avoid Arrest and Willful Reckless Driving. Nebraska State Patrol officials say the four juveniles were between the ages of twelve and fifteen and were released to their parents.
The Lincoln Police Department is continuing an investigation into the stolen vehicle.