One juvenile who allegedly played a role in leading state law enforcement officials on a high-speed chase on Oct. 22 was arrested and placed in the Butler County Jail, according to information provided by the Nebraska State Patrol.

A trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol, in collaboration with deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, detained three children and recovered a stolen car following a pursuit in Polk and Merrick counties.

At approximately 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, a trooper attempted a traffic stop on Nebraska Highway 92 near Shelby after spotting a Toyota Corolla with a defective tail light. The vehicle came to a stop, but fled before the trooper could make contact, released information says. The trooper was able to confirm with NSP dispatch that the vehicle had been reported stolen and initiated a pursuit.

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Police say the fled on county roads before turning southbound on U.S. Highway 81 and then westbound on Highway 92. The vehicle continued westbound, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph, eventually entering Merrick County on Highway 92.

Near mile marker 380 north of Central City, the vehicle attempted to make contact with the trooper’s patrol vehicle. The trooper was able to perform a tactical vehicle intervention. The vehicle then attempted to drive through a cornfield and struck irrigation piping, finally bringing it to a stop, released information says. The trooper and Polk County Sheriff’s deputies were then able to apprehend all three occupants who were inside of the vehicle.

All three Omaha juveniles were taken into custody. The driver was charged with flight to avoid arrest and being in possession of stolen property, among other charges. Another juvenile was returned to Douglas County Youth Services. A third was cited and released after being charged with marijuana possession.

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Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram, Schuyler Sun and The Banner-Press newspapers. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015.

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