Fatal Chase

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Carter Lake, Iowa, teenager is being held on $1 million bail for three counts of manslaughter in a high-speed chase that left three dead at an Omaha intersection March 20.

Steven Halbert was in Douglas County Court Wednesday after his release from an Omaha hospital, where he had been treated for his own injuries in the early morning crash.

Halbert's attorney, Kevin Ryan, says the 18-year-old does not remember the chase or the crash that killed motorcycle riders Yvonne Campbell, Michael Rock and Terry Partain. Ryan says doctors did not know if the teen's amnesia would be permanent.

Prosecutors say Halbert had taken off in a stolen sport utility vehicle when Carter Lake officers went to his home to arrest his uncle. Police say the teen led them on a chase into Omaha at speeds ranging from 80 to 100 miles per hour.

Ryan believes manslaughter is too severe of a charge. He says he will argue for motor vehicle homicide.

Douglas County Attorney Stu Dornan says manslaughter was appropriated because of the aggravating circumstances involved.


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