Oct 15, 2020 4:50 PM

North Platte man arrested following high-speed pursuit of stolen vehicle

Posted Oct 15, 2020 4:50 PM
Joseph Olsson
Joseph Olsson

NORTH PLATTE, Neb.-A North Platte man was arrested Wednesday following the pursuit of a stolen vehicle.

According to police, on October 14 at 12:30 AM an officer observed a tan 1990 Ford Taurus stopped at 6th and Poplar Streets.

Police say the vehicle had Adams County plates and the officer was aware of a vehicle matching that description that was stolen out of Kearney.

The officer was able to confirm the vehicle was in fact stolen and followed the vehicle to the area of 7th and Bailey Streets at which time a traffic stop was attempted.

Police say the vehicle sped up and traveled west on 7th Street, under the Willow viaduct, and continued westbound at around 70 mph.  7th Street curves to the north and ends or becomes Adams Street.

When the suspect came to the curve the vehicle continued westbound off the road and into a field. Officers followed, disabling one of their cruisers.

Police say a second cruiser located the suspect vehicle abandoned in the field a short time later. A perimeter was set up with the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

According to police, while searching the perimeter officers observed the suspect running, and entering an occupied residence in the 2000 block of West 9th Street. Officers followed and were able to arrest the suspect, Joseph Olsson, inside of the residence without further incident.

Olsson was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, reckless driving, and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. 

The red line shows the route of the pursuit.
The red line shows the route of the pursuit.