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Lincoln police end up in scuffle with 17-year-old who passed out in car with a loaded gun
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Lincoln police end up in scuffle with 17-year-old who passed out in car with a loaded gun

From the What you missed this week in notable Southeast Nebraska crimes and court cases series

Lincoln police say they pulled a drunk 17-year-old out of a car Saturday after he passed out after getting stuck in the snow, with a loaded gun on the seat.

It happened at about 9 a.m. at 22nd Street and Euclid Avenue.

Officer Erin Spilker said they were called about a driver slumped over in a Nissan Maxima that was still running but stuck in a snowbank. She said the officer was able to wake the driver, but the teen refused to open the door, then tried to put the car in gear.

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She said the officer broke the window, reached inside and disabled the car but ended up in a struggle with the teen.

A firefighter with Lincoln Fire and Rescue saw a gun on the seat and told the officer, who was able to pull the teen out of the car.

Police found a loaded 9 mm handgun on the seat.

Spilker said the teen was arrested on an outstanding warrant and that his blood-alcohol content tested 0.117%. He also was taken into custody on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm, DUI and attempt to flee arrest. 

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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