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Nebraska state troopers arrest 17-year-old driver whose car hit 130 mph during chase

Nebraska state troopers arrest 17-year-old driver whose car hit 130 mph during chase


Nebraska state troopers arrested a 17-year-old boy and three other teens after a pursuit west of Grand Island that reached speeds of 130 mph.

The driver faces charges of flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and other traffic violations.

A Nebraska state trooper clocked the teen, driving a Hyundai Genesis, at 111 mph eastbound on Interstate 80 near Grand Island about 12:10 a.m. Thursday. The trooper pulled the car over, but the boy drove the car forward and stopped several times before fleeing.

The trooper followed the car, which continued east on I-80, at one point hitting 130 mph. The driver exited near Giltner and went south on a county road.

After about two miles, the car stopped and three people got out before the car sped up again. Minutes later, the driver stopped the car again and the trooper took the driver into custody.

Authorities said the pursuit lasted roughly seven minutes.

The teen passengers in the car were ticketed on suspicion of possession of marijuana.

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Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliaconleyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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