First, they were going too slow. Then, they were going too fast. And at no time were they old enough to drive.

State troopers arrested a 13-year-old and an 11-year-old from Colorado Monday night after a 15-minute chase in Buffalo County.

Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said it started around 9:35 p.m., when a trooper saw an eastbound Nissan Pathfinder on I-80 going about 35 mph. The trooper tried to pull it over near Kearney, but when he did, the SUV took off at high speed. The trooper gave chase.

The Pathfinder hit speeds in excess of 100 mph as it fled, Thomas said. Another trooper successfully deployed stop sticks about three miles east of the Gibbon exit to slow it down. The SUV took the next exit at Shelton and headed north.

A short time later, the trooper successfully ran his unit into the Pathfinder, bringing it to a stop in what the NSP calls a “tactical vehicle intervention.” The driver and passenger were taken into custody without further trouble, Thomas said. Troopers found a firearm in the vehicle plus a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The driver was a 13-year-old girl. An 11-year-old boy was in the passenger’s seat. They were taken into protective custody.

The chase lasted about 16 minutes and covered about 20 miles. The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office and the Shelton Police assisted, Thomas said.

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