An Illinois man is in the Lincoln County jail Tuesday after a wild, middle-of-the-night car chase in Dawson and Lincoln counties.

State troopers also arrested a woman after they caught the couple. The chase began shortly after midnight near the Darr exit of I-80.

Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said a trooper stopped a Toyota 4Runner around midnight for failing to stop at a stop sign after getting off at the Darr exit. The driver provided a fake name. As another trooper arrived to assist, the driver accelerated and fled north on 24A Link to U.S. Highway 30, Thomas said. The troopers gave chase.

Thomas said the Toyota turned west on U.S. 30 toward Cozad, and its speed exceeded 120 mph at times on the 8-mile stretch between the Darr Road and Cozad. Meanwhile, Cozad police deployed stop sticks in Cozad, which successfully slowed the Toyota; nevertheless, it continued west on U.S. 30 for another 20 miles.

As the SUV approached Brady, a Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy deployed another set of stop sticks. A short time later, the vehicle drove off the highway, through a pasture fence and stopped in a field.

Thomas said the occupants were taken into custody without further trouble.

The driver, a 17-year-old woman, was taken to the Dawson County Jail, charged with flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, obstruction, criminal impersonation and traffic violations.

A passenger, Emmanuel Reynoza, 28, of Rockford, Ill. was placed in the Lincoln County jail, charged with obstruction and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Reynoza is also wanted for previous charges in Illinois, Thomas said.

Emmanuel Reynoza

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