Highway 26 closed at end of early Saturday morning pursuit

Highway 26 between Mitchell and Scottsbluff was closed for approximately thirty minutes early Saturday morning at the end of a pursuit that involved several agencies. Scottsbluff Police say three teenagers were arrested after the chase, which started in Scottsbluff shortly after midnight and continued west into Mitchell, Morrill and then returned toward Scottsbluff.

Police Captain Brian Wasson says spike strips were used to deflate the car's tires. Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman says Highway 26 was closed after the vehicle headed east in the westbound lanes at slow speeds for about twenty minutes until it could no longer travel on the deflated tires and rims.

Wasson says the car initially fled from a Scottsbluff Police officer when he noticed a female traveling behind the car was screaming at the driver and there was an obvious problem. Wasson says Police found out later the driver had possession of the car without the owner's knowledge.

The driver, 15 year old Guy Eagle Elk of Lisco, was arrested for willful reckless driving, no operator's license, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, flight to avoid arrest, possession of narcotics equipment and an outstanding warrant. Austin Kuklish of Mitchell was arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle, and Jose Lazoya of Scottsbluff was charged with a parole violation.

Mitchell and Morrill Police, Sheriff's Deputies as well as the Nebraska State Patrol were also involved in the pursuit.

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