11-year-old boy, two passengers apprehended for vehicle theft, stolen handguns after Omaha interstate pursuit

Published: Oct. 16, 2021 at 3:23 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Troopers apprehended three minors early Saturday morning following a pursuit with a stolen vehicle in Omaha.

Reports state NSP Troopers arrested the minors around 12:50 a.m. and also recovered two stolen handguns during the incident.

The NSP received a stolen vehicle report for a Jeep Gladiator that was stolen in Lincoln and was traveling eastbound toward Omaha on Interstate 80. Authorities say a trooper located the vehicle on I-80 near the 42nd street exit in Omaha and attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle stopped briefly before fleeing.

Reports say the Jeep then proceeded eastbound on I-80 reaching speeds of up to 110 mph when a handgun was thrown out the window. Another trooper recovered the gun while the pursuit continued before the Jeep voluntarily stopped near the 20th street overpass. A second handgun was located inside the vehicle, both were determined to be stolen.

NPS troopers say the driver, an 11-year-old male, was cited for theft by unlawful taking over $5,000, possession of a stolen firearm, flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, obstruction, and traffic violations. He was released to his mother.

The two passengers, 14-year-old males, were placed in the Douglas County Youth Center for possession of a stolen firearm.

Per Nebraska State Statute, “A child twelve years of age or younger shall not be placed in detention under any circumstances.”

There were no injuries reported from the three-minute pursuit.

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