A pursuit Tuesday afternoon in northwestern Pottawattamie County ended within an hour, when a teenaged runaway from Nebraska surrendered to authorities near the Missouri River. Pott. County Sheriff’s Dept. spokesman, Sgt. Dwayne Richie says the incident involving the 17-year old male driver of a 1996 Nebraska plated Nissan sedan began at around 4:10-p.m, at the 130th Street Exit off of Interstate 680.
He says the vehicle continued north onto 145th Street at speeds in excess of 70-miles per hour, once the deputy engaged in the pursuit. Other deputies also engaged in the pursuit, including one who was running northbound, parallel to the Nissan. Another deputy was behind the car. The chase continued onto Meadowlark Loop and northbound onto 140th Street, where the car entered a private drive and drove off into a grove of brush. Once the teen ditched the car, he took off on foot. Omaha Police helicopter Able 1 was contacted to search for the teen.
After some time, the vehicle was located about a mile from where deputies broke off the pursuit. Able 1 was able to locate the driver. Deputies proceeded in that direction and found the driver, who surrendered by the river, without further incident. The teen was missing one of his socks and shoes when he surrendered to deputies. While his parents were contacted, the teen was brought to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Council Bluffs.
Sgt. Richie says the young man faces numerous charges, including Failure to Stop, Careless Driving, Eluding or attempting to Elude a law enforcement vehicle, and criminal mischief in the 3rd degree.