LPD looking for suspects after police pursuit near cemetery

Authorities are still looking for suspects after a police pursuit involving a stolen vehicle near a cemetery.
Wednesday, November 30th 2022, 6:08 AM CST

LINCOLN, Neb. - A Lincoln cemetery was blocked off early Wednesday morning after a police pursuit.

According to Lincoln Police Capt. Todd Kocian, at approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, a patrol officer located a vehicle that had been reported stolen from a UNL fraternity three days earlier. At the time that the vehicle was stolen, it had been left running with the keys still inside.

Before making contact with the person inside the car, LPD sent additional officers to the scene.

According to Kocian, an officer attempted a stop at 28th and Clinton as the vehicle left the area. Kocian said the driver did not stop, leading to officers deploying stop sticks at 27th and Potter.

Kocian said the stop sticks deflated one of the cars tires, but the driver continued to flee.

The vehicle eventually arrived at a dead-end street near 17th & Y Streets, where it briefly stopped, Kocian said. According to Kocian, an officer exited his cruiser and began to approach when the vehicle quickly reportedly backed up and rammed the police cruiser before fleeing again. 

As the vehicle fled the area, a passenger pointed a handgun at another officer, according to Kocian. The pursuit was terminated at 35th & Vine and the vehicle was last seen traveling southbound from the area. 

At approximately 11:47 p.m. the vehicle was found abandoned in a construction zone near 35th & T Streets. 

Damage to the police cruiser estimated at $5,000, Kocian said. Investigators are continuing to follow-up and attempting to identify the occupants of the vehicle. LPD said anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Lincoln Police Department at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.