GILTNER — A 17-year-old suspect was arrested near here early Thursday morning after leading a Nebraska State Patrol officer on a chase in which speeds reached 130 miles per hour, NSP reported.
The boy was turned over to probation after being cited for felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana-less than one ounce, no operator’s license, no valid registration, and several traffic violations. He also had an active warrant outstanding against him from Adams County.
The three other occupants in the vehicle, all juveniles, were cited for possession of marijuana-less than one ounce and released to their parents. The entire pursuit lasted about seven minutes.
According to an NSP news release, the pursuit began about 12:10 a.m. Thursday when a state trooper clocked an eastbound Hyundai Genesis traveling at 111 mph on Interstate 80 at mile marker 319 near Grand Island.
The trooper attempted a traffic stop, and the driver came to a stop on the shoulder of the interstate. The Hyundai then moved forward and stopped multiple times before accelerating and fleeing the traffic stop.
The trooper then initiated a pursuit, following the Hyundai east on I-80 and reaching speeds of 130 mph. The Hyundai left the interstate at Exit 324 and continued southbound on State Spur 41B toward Giltner.
About two miles south of the interstate, the Hyundai slowed, then stopped, and the three passengers got out before the vehicle fled again. The trooper continued the pursuit, and the passengers soon were located by another trooper.
A few minutes later, the Hyundai came to a stop voluntarily, and the trooper was able to immediately take the driver into custody.