Juvenile leads authorities on pursuit through Hamilton & Merrick counties
The Merrick County Sheriff's Office assisted the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday night into the early morning hours of Friday in pursuing a vehicle that originated in Hamilton County. The vehicle was a red 2007' Chrysler minivan and was pursued into rural Merrick County and concluded on Prarie Island Road (22nd Road) after the vehicle entered the ditch and became inoperable. The driver and sole occupant fled from the car and was later located uninjured at approximately 4:30 am. The driver was identified as a 15-year-old juvenile. The juvenile was charged and released to a responsible party. Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted with the incident including the Merrick County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska State Patrol, and several members of the Central Nebraska Special Response Team.