Nebraska State Patrol reported that a 12-year-old girl drove a Nissan Pathfinder on a high-speed chase for almost 20 minutes before being apprehended by authorities.
Troopers observed the vehicle on Monday night, moving at 35 mph on Interstate 80 near Kearney, and attempted to pull it over, as per a statement. The spokesperson added that the car was going under the posted minimum speed limit, which prompted the traffic stop.
The driver accelerated and fled troopers “at a high rate of speed,” according to the release, reaching speeds exceeding 100 mph.
Authorities used stop sticks to slow the vehicle. The teen is alleged to have exited the interstate but continued at a slower speed.
“A short time later, the trooper was able to successfully perform a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the vehicle to a stop,” the Nebraska State Patrol said.
The teen driver and the 11-year-old boy, from Colorado, were taken into custody without further incident and placed in protective custody, the agency said. Troopers searched the vehicle and found a firearm and a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the news release said.
The driver was cited for flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and numerous traffic violations, the spokesperson said.
The passenger was cited for carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.