A teenager involved in several hit-and-run accidents in Lincoln was apprehended early Wednesday morning.
Officers were initially called to the 1200 block of Southwest 10th Street just before midnight Tuesday. David Younger said he went outside after hearing a crash and saw a Ford Explorer across the street in his neighbor's driveway, which had just hit a car parked in the driveway.
The SUV backed up, knocking over the neighbor's mailbox, then took off turning onto West A Street. Younger tried to follow the Explorer to get a license plate number, but could not catch up. He said when an officer arrived about 20 minutes later to take the report, they heard a noise that was later determined to be a crash with a parked car one block to the west.
The victim of the parked Honda Accord said he had bought the car on Monday. It had been hit from behind and pushed against a tree. Moments after hearing the crash, the Explorer drove up to where Younger and the officer were standing. Younger said both right side tires were flat. When the officer attempted to stop the driver he again took off, turning on West A Street. The officer got into his cruiser and the chase was on.
"It's kind of surreal," said Younger. "You only see this on Cops. You don't see this happening in your front yard."
LPD Capt. Michon Morrow said the SUV was driving slowly along the 1300 block of West A with the officer in pursuit. The driver jumped out of the moving vehicle as it went off the road, down an embankment and came to rest against an office building.
The driver, a 14-year-old, was found hiding under a car on the 1300 block of West Washington. The SUV belonged to the teen's legal guardian.
A clerk at the Casey's General Store near Southwest 6th and West A said customers had come in and said a green SUV nearly hit them on A Street. It had also come through the store parking lot, tearing up some sod.
The teenager, whose name was not released due to his age, faces charges of felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, failure to comply and citations regarding the hit-and-runs.