18-year-old suspect arrested after fleeing traffic stop, crashing

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested an 18-year-old following a brief pursuit and crash in south Lincoln.

At approximately 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, a trooper said he observed a westbound Chevrolet Blazer speeding on Highway 2 between 56th and 48th streets. The vehicle then turned northbound onto 48th street, according to a report filed by the NSP. The trooper attempted a traffic stop and observed that the vehicle had no license plates. The vehicle refused to yield and accelerated, according to the report. The trooper then initiated a pursuit.

Approximately 30 seconds later, troopers say, the Blazer attempted to run a red light at 48th and Pioneers. It struck a Pontiac Grand Prix that was traveling eastbound on Pioneers. Both drivers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Bryan Health West Campus for treatment.

Following his release from the hospital, the suspect, an 18-year-old male, will be lodged in Lancaster County Jail for felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, possession of marijuana – less than one ounce, and traffic violations.

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