On Sunday at approximately 9:00 a.m., Seward County communications received a call regarding a stolen vehicle from Fossil Fuels outside of Milford. The caller stated the stolen vehicle was a Blue Ford Expedition bearing 16 County license plates. A deputy observed the blue expedition on Interstate 80 getting off at the Utica exit and turned south on 462nd Rd.
At the time, the deputy was able to confirm the license plate number and verified it was indeed the vehicle reported as stolen. The deputy activated his lights to initiate a traffic stop. The suspects did not pull over and led the deputy on a short, low speed pursuit. A Nebraska State Trooper then arrived on scene and was involved in the pursuit as well. The pursuit continued on for approximately two miles, until the suspect vehicle entered a cornfield on the west side of 462nd Road, just north of pioneers. After entering the cornfield, the suspects fled the vehicle on foot and evaded law enforcement.
Due to the lack of information about the suspects at the time, law enforcement officers did not proceed on foot after the suspects into the corn field. Nebraska State Patrol called for their air and canine assets. A short time later, authorities spotted two of the suspects and was able to place them into custody. Once the two suspects were questioned, the office discovered that there were actually two additional suspects. The suspects were still believed to be in the same cornfield. Deputies remained in the area searching for the two remaining suspects.
At approximately 6:26 p.m., authorities spotted the two suspects walking down a driveway next to the cornfield at which point they fled back into the same cornfield. After being spotted the two suspects, Nebraska State Patrol and the Seward County Sheriff’s Office were able to set up a perimeter and surround the section. At approximately 9:00 p.m. the final two suspects were finally taken into custody by the Nebraska State Patrol. One adult male suspect identified as Damon Hauglie, 18 of Starbuck, MN. was lodged in the Seward County Jail. Three juvenile subjects, two females ages 15 and 16 and one 17 year old male were all lodged at the Madison County Juvenile Detention.
The suspects had earlier fled from a drug treatment center in Minnesota where they had stolen a vehicle that was abandoned near-by. The suspect’s stolen vehicle then broke down in Waverly, NE where they stole a second vehicle. Once on Interstate 80, they stole the third and final vehicle from Fossil Fuels in Milford, NE. All four suspects are being charged with unauthorized use of a propelled vehicle and operate a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. It is unknown at this time if any other agencies will file charges.