GREENWOOD – A Lincoln man was arrested in Greenwood Sunday evening, after being sought by law enforcement in three counties.
Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz said Kenneth H. Smith, 24, was taken into custody around 6 p.m., after he abandoned the stolen vehicle he was driving and went into a trailer house in Greenwood.
Stukenholtz said law enforcement in Lincoln was initially notified about a domestic situation in which a female was being taken into a car against her will. Lancaster County is handling that part of the investigation.
A Saunders County sheriff’s deputy saw the vehicle in Ashland about 5:30 p.m. and a pursuit began.
The deputy followed the vehicle on roads between Ashland and Greenwood, sometimes at a high rate of speed, according to the sheriff. The chase also included several trips in and out of Greenwood.
“After about 20 minutes and not being able to elude the deputy, he ditched the car and fled,” Stukenholtz said.
He said he ran into a trailer home occupied by two individuals. One of the occupants was able to get out, and the other was unharmed.
Stukeholtz said it was lucky that there were no injuries, especially since the pursuit involved a high rate of speed on many county roads.
Smith is being charged in Saunders County with fleeing to avoid arrest, driving under a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine.
Stukeholtz said there were also potentially charges in Lancaster County per that county’s investigation into the false imprisonment or kidnapping. The female was not in the vehicle when Smith was spotted in the Ashland area.
No additional information was available Monday afternoon.