Grand Island teens led troopers on high-speed chase in stolen vehicle, patrol says


LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Teenagers in a stolen vehicle led troopers on a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 80 near Grand Island, the Nebraska State Patrol said.

Around 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday, a trooper saw a Chevrolet Impala speeding near mile marker 317, just south of Grand Island and tried to pull it over.

The driver did not stop and sped off, so the trooper began to chase after them, the patrol said.

The driver reached speeds of up to 140 mph before slowing down and exiting I-80 at Highway 281.

They headed north toward Grand Island until the vehicle crossed the median and stopped in the opposite lane.

Three people got out of the vehicle and ran into a truck stop parking lot, according to the patrol.

A trooper was able to take one person into custody after a brief chase on foot.

The 18-year-old from Grand Island was in possession of a knife and was lodged in Hall County Corrections on suspicion of several charges, the patrol said.

Grand Island Police officers and Hall County deputies took another person into custody after they found him hiding in the riverbank south of the truck stop.

The 16-year-old from Grand Island was found with cocaine in his possession, according to the patrol.

He was taken to Northeast Nebraska Juvenile Services in Madison on suspicion of several charges, including outstanding juvenile warrants, the patrol said.

Troopers say they determined that the vehicle was stolen, and inside, they found nearly 1 pound of marijuana.

The third person was not found, according to the patrol.

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