Car thieves strike cruiser, point gun at officer during pursuit, Lincoln Police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Car thieves caused chaos during a pursuit with officers late Tuesday night, Lincoln Police say.

Just after 11:30 p.m., an officer on a routine patrol found a stolen Hyundai Sonata near 27th and Holdrege Streets.

The car had been reported stolen on Saturday from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus after it was left running with the keys in it, police say.

As more officers began arriving in the area, the vehicle drove off, according to police.

An officer down the road then tried to pull over the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop.

Another officer put down stop sticks near 27th and Potter Streets, which caused one of the vehicle’s tires to deflate, police said.

The car eventually came to a stop at a dead end near 17th and Y Streets.

When the officer started approaching the vehicle, the car backed up and struck a cruiser.

As the vehicle drove off, a passenger pointed a handgun at an officer, police say.

Police stopped pursuing the vehicle near 35th and Vine Streets, according to police.

Just before 11:50 p.m., officers found the vehicle abandoned at a construction site near 35th and T Streets.

Police estimate that the cruiser had about $5,000 in damage.

An investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.

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