CLAY CENTER — An area man wanted on several outstanding criminal warrants was at large this morning following a chase and subsequent one-vehicle crash in southwestern Clay County Tuesday evening, Sheriff Jeff Franklin reported.
Authorities searched several residences in the area of Clay County Roads 304 and D, near Spring Ranch, after a member of the public reported a vehicle wreck at that location around dark Tuesday, Franklin said. The reporting party saw a man running from the scene.
A short time earlier, the Nebraska State Patrol had initiated pursuit of that vehicle in Lawrence, and the ensuing chase had proceeded north toward the Clay County line before being called off for the safety of the public, Franklin said.
The state trooper who initiated the pursuit knew the vehicle was being driven by Emilio Llanes Jr., 28, whose last known address was in Hastings, Franklin said. Llanes, now listed as homeless by authorities, is wanted on seven outstanding warrants, the most serious of which is in Adams County for felony terroristic threats, the Clay County sheriff said.
The Nuckolls County Sheriff's Office initially was called on to assist with Tuesday evening's chase, but the action soon moved into Clay County, Nuckolls County Chief Deputy Sheriff Brad Baker said. The Clay County Sheriff's Office was notified of the pursuit about 7:30 p.m., and Clay County officers headed toward that area before being advised the chase had been discontinued.
After the wreck was reported, NSP and Clay County officers searched for Llanes. Authorities also called a number of other residents in the area to warn them about the situation, Franklin said.
In a related call, authorities also contacted Lawrence resident Dustin Reiss, 31, in his vehicle on Nebraska Highway 74 just outside Fairfield, suspecting Reiss was waiting to pick up Llanes. While no such connection was established, officers did arrest Reiss on an outstanding traffic warrant from Cheyenne County.
Reiss was being held for Cheyenne County this morning in the Clay County Jail in Clay Center.
Llanes has been charged with terroristic threats and criminal mischief in Adams County Court for a Sept. 25 incident. Terroristic threats and criminal mischief, value more than $1,500, are each a Class 4 felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Hastings police believe Llanes approached a 1995 Pontiac Convertible owned by Angel Atz and started yelling at a passenger, Jeffrey Frerichs. Llanes allegedly pulled a knife and stuck it through the canvas roof of the vehicle. Three cuts were made in the roof and two passenger side tires were stabbed.