Lincoln Police had fun at the expense of a suspect Friday who they said left plenty of identifying information behind when he fled on foot following a short vehicle pursuit with police early Thursday morning.
Lincoln Chief of Police Doug Lee said officers began the pursuit after witnessing a car traveling in excess of 80 mph on a country road just after 1 a.m. Shortly after the pursuit began, officers trailing the suspect "noticed a big ka-boom," Lee said, as the suspect's car engine appears to have "exploded" during the pursuit.
The suspect fled the disabled vehicle on foot. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly after to extinguish the blaze and were able to recover the suspect's wallet — containing his identification — and multiple cell phones. Lee said officers matched the identification left behind to the suspect.
Police took to Facebook to let the suspect know where to recover his possessions.
"Dear (name redacted). It must have been quite frightening when your engine blew up during the brief pursuit yesterday. In fact, we could tell how scared you were by how fast you exited the car, scaled the fence and fled through the field!" the post said.
"Don't worry though, our friends from the fire department responded and extinguished the fire. If you haven't realized it yet, you left your wallet (driver's license, credit card, etc.) and cell phones in the car. Feel free to stop by our office and pick them up at your convenience. #JustKidding #BookedAsEvidence #SeeYouInCourt #cophumor."
Lee said a warrant for the suspect's arrest is forthcoming.