Troopers Make Arrest After Locating Stolen Vehicle Near Emerald

Troopers Make Arrest After Locating Stolen Vehicle Near Emerald

August 16, 2023
Lincoln, NEB
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Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a Lincoln man following a pursuit in western Lancaster County.

The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon after NSP was notified by the Seward County Sheriff’s Office of a stolen vehicle believed to be traveling eastbound toward Lincoln. At approximately 4:15 p.m., a trooper located the vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban, traveling eastbound on Highway 6 near Emerald.

The trooper attempted a traffic stop in Emerald, but the driver of the Suburban drove through a residential yard, drove through a fence, and fled southbound into a cornfield. The trooper did not pursue into the yard. After approximately half of a mile, the Suburban lost control while crossing a driveway in the field. The vehicle came to a stop in the field and the driver fled on foot.

An NSP K9 was able to track the suspect from the vehicle deeper into the field. The K9 located the suspect hiding amongst several hay bales. The suspect was then taken into custody.

The suspect, identified as David Ruhl, 42, of Lincoln, was transported to Bryan Health West Campus for treatment. Once released from the hospital, he will be lodged in Lancaster County Jail for flight to avoid arrest, obstructing a police officer, criminal mischief, and theft $5,000+. Additional charges are pending in Seward County. The investigation is ongoing.