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Boy, gun and weed found in car driven by 13-year-old girl who led police on high-speed chase

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Slow-driving teen accelerates after being directed to pull over, ensuing 16-minute chase tops speeds of 160 km/h

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A 13-year-old driver, with an 11-year-old passenger riding shotgun, reached speeds maxing out at 160 km/h while fleeing police before eventually being stopped and found with illegal cannabis and a gun.

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Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) reports that a trooper spotted the Nissan Pathfinder travelling on Interstate 80 at about 35 miles per hour (56 kilometres/hour) shortly before 9:35 p.m. on Jan. 16.

Teen initially lands on police radar for driving too slowly

The maximum posted speed limits for rural interstates in Nebraska is 75 m.p.h. (121 km/h) and 70 m.p.h. (113 km/h) on urban interstates, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “On a freeway, no motor vehicle, except emergency vehicles, shall be operated at a speed of less than 40 miles per hour or at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for the safe operation of the motor vehicle because of weather, visibility, roadway or traffic conditions,” adds the Nebraska Legislature.

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The officer signalled a traffic stop near Kearney, but the youthful driver accelerated and sped away. Pursuing the fleeing vehicle, the SUV was clocked at speeds exceeding 100 m.p.h. (161 km/h) as it continued on the highway.

Deflation device, tactical intervention eventually bring vehicle to stop

Another trooper was informed and set up stop stick tire deflation devices an estimated 12 miles (19 km) up the road, helping to slow down the SUV. The driver then exited the highway, driving northbound at a slower speed.

Shortly thereafter, a trooper made a tactical intervention to bring the vehicle to a full stop. Although the police do not specify exactly how the vehicle was stopped, the commonly used precision immobilization technique involves a cruiser striking the rear quarter panel of the target vehicle and, upon making contact, quickly turning the steering wheel a quarter turn toward the target car and then immediately back to the direction of travel.

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NSP reports the entire pursuit lasted about 16 minutes.

The driver and passenger, who are from Colorado, were taken into custody without incident. Interstate 80 runs horizontally through central Nebraska, according to CBS News. At one juncture, the highway dips south near the northeastern corner of Colorado and briefly intersects with another interstate highway that begins there.

No information has been released about the relationship between the children, the whereabouts of their parents or how the two minors ended up travelling alone in Nebraska, notes the New York Post.

During a search of the SUV, though, the police located a firearm and “a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia,” the police statement notes.

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According to NBC News, the driver was cited for flight to avoid arrest, wilful reckless driving, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and numerous traffic violations. As for the passenger, he was cited for carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Recreational cannabis continues to be illegal in Nebraska

Both medicinal and recreational cannabis are illegal in Nebraska, although Marijuana Moment reported this week a Nebraska senator is once again trying to get medical cannabis greenlit with a new bill that would provide patients with certain conditions access if they get a doctor’s recommendation.

A 2022 initiative to get medicinal marijuana on the ballot for the next state election notes the idea is “to allow persons in the State of Nebraska to have the right to cannabis in all its forms for medical purposes.” A 2020 bid was removed from the ballot by a ruling from the Nebraska Supreme Court, notes information posted on Ballotpedia.

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As for recreational cannabis in Nebraska, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) notes a first offence involving possession of 28 grams or less of cannabis carries no jail time, but up to a US$300 ($405) fine. A judge may order completion of a drug education course, NORML reports.

Possession of drug paraphernalia, for its part, is also subject to only a fine, but even lower than for possession with a maximum of US$100 ($135).

Other incidents in state involving teens and cannabis

The 13-year-old involved in the recent incident was not the first teen in Nebraska to recently try to outrun the cops.

ABC 8 reported in December that three teens were arrested after officers with the Grand Island Police Department found a vehicle full of alcohol and drugs.

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A suspicious vehicle was pursued after the driver lost control and spun out, but was eventually found in a driveway shortly thereafter. Two 13-year-olds, a boy and a girl, made a run for it, but were apprehended, while a 15-year-old boy escaped and a 17-year-old girl was cited and released.

The teens were charged with various offences, police noted at the time, including possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, obstructing a police officer, minor in possession of alcohol and more.

In March of 2021, three teens were found with more than US$10,000 ($13,500) worth of cannabis, THC and drug paraphernalia, ABC 8 noted.

An 18-year-old, with two passengers on board, was pulled over for expired licence plates. Upon reaching the vehicle, officers smelled a cannabis odour coming from the car, and carried out a search, per the news outlet.

A scale with residue on it and a container of THC wax were found, while two backpacks in the back seat contained 433 grams of marijuana in heat-sealed bags, 81 THC vape pens, seven 28-gram THC wax jars, 14 28 g THC syrup containers, 66 THC cartridges, multiple drug paraphernalia and a “realistic-looking” Glock BB gun.

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