Merrick County pursuit led to a grass fire, Sheriff’s Office says

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A pursuit in Merrick County led to a grass fire on Thursday after the exhaust from a vehicle caught a field on fire, authorities said.

Around 12 p.m., Merrick County sheriff’s deputies found a suspicious vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle involved in a pursuit the previous evening.

When deputies tried to pull the vehicle over, it immediately drove off, the Merrick County Sheriff’s Office said.

The pursuit continued for several miles through rural Merrick County and several fields.

The chase ended when the vehicle crashed into a ravine in rural Polk County, the sheriff’s office said.

The driver, identified as 40-year-old Joshua Oels of Custer County, fled on foot before being arrested by deputies.

Oels was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, obstructing a peace officer, driving under revocation and multiple other traffic infractions.

As deputies apprehended Oels, the field caught fire from the exhaust of the vehicle.

The fire was quickly extinguished with help from the Clarks Fire Department and donated farm equipment to disc the field.

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