Lincoln man charged with DUI after crashing into police car with stolen vehicle, LPD says

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A man was charged with DUI after he struck an officer’s car with a stolen vehicle, Lincoln Police say.

On Thursday, an employee at the Super C near 33rd Street and Sheridan Boulevard told police a man had driven off in an SUV without paying $78.15 for fuel.

Shortly after, a member of the Fugitive Taskforce saw the SUV with a man still inside at a home near 27 and O Streets.

Police believed the vehicle, a 2019 Toyota Highlander, had been stolen back on July 29 from a home in central Lincoln.

A perimeter was then set up around the home by officers, police say.

Taskforce members began approaching the car when 23-year-old Gabriel Olivas sped off through the home’s backyard, crashed into the fence and plowed into a police car in the alley.

Olivas continued to drive off and then struck another vehicle near 27th and J Streets, according to police.  He then got out of the vehicle and ran away.

Officers eventually found Olivas, who matched the employee’s description and was noticeably out of breath, police say.

Police later confirmed the Toyota had been stolen.  They estimate that $5,000 worth of damage was done to the police car.

Olivas was arrested on suspicion of theft by receiving $5,000 or more, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, obstructing a police officer, criminal mischief, willful reckless driving and DUI.

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