Troopers Recover Stolen Vehicle, Apprehend Two Teens after Pursuit

(Grand Island, NE) -- Two teens are arrested after a pursuit in a stolen vehicle near Grand Island late Tuesday evening.

The Nebraska State Patrol says around 11:40 Tuesday night, a trooper spotted a Chevrolet Impala speeding at over 90 miles per hour on Interstate 80 near Grand Island. Investigators say the trooper attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop and accelerated. The trooper initiated a pursuit.

Investigators say as the vehicle continued westbound, it reached speeds in excess of 140 miles per hour. The NSP says the vehicle then slowed down to normal interstate speeds and exited I-80, continuing to flee northbound on Highway 34 at slow speeds until the vehicle crossed the median and stopped in the southbound lanes. The state patrol says three subjects then fled on foot into a truck stop parking lot. NSP dispatchers discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen.

The NSP says after a foot pursuit, the trooper took one of the subjects into custody. Grand Island Police Officers and Hall County Sheriff’s Deputies responded as well and located another of the subjects hiding on the riverbank south of the truck stop. The third person was not located. Investigators say one of the teens had a concealed knife, while the other was in possession of cocaine. Troopers also located nearly a pound of marijuana in the vehicle.

The first subject, an 18-year-old male from Grand Island, was lodged in Hall County Corrections for several charges. The second subject, a 16-year-old male from Grand Island, was transported to Northeast Nebraska Juvenile Services in Madison for several charges, including outstanding juvenile warrants.

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