Car Stunt Triggers High-Speed Chase

SCOTTSBLUFF – A dangerous car stunt outside Scottsbluff Tuesday led to a high-speed car chase that ended with a foot chase outside Regional West Medical and 5 teenagers facing a variety of charges.

Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Troy Brown told KNEB News the county Communication Center received a call shortly after noon about a car eastbound on a county road at a high rate of speed with a male “surfing” on the hood.

Brown said deputies responded, but when they tried to stop the car the driver accelerated to about 90 mph while heading into town. The deputies dropped the pursuit because of the threat to the public posed by the speed and the traffic at that time of day.

Brown said the car was spotted by an investigator with the County Attorney’s Office a short time later as it pulled into the hospital parking lot, then parked with all 5 occupants getting out.

Deputies and Scottsbluff police officers responded and with assistance from Regional West employees were able to locate, identify, and stop all 5 as they fled on foot.

Four of the 5 were minors and their names have not been released. The 17-year old male driver was cited for flight to avoid arrest and obstructing a peace officer, a pair of 16-year male passengers were both cited for obstruction, and a 13-year old was cited for obstruction and giving false information.

The fifth person in the car, 19-year old Abel Barron, was cited for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as obstruction and false information.

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