Lincoln Man Arrested After Driving Away From Traffic Stop

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A Lincoln man drove away from a traffic stop and was arrested a short time later.

About 2:00 Monday morning, a Lincoln Police officer made a traffic stop near 20th and Fairfield Streets for a car with a bad headlight. When the officer got out of his cruiser, the car sped off.

According to Sergeant Randy Clark, the officer did not pursue the car because of the speed involved.

Clark said because they had a license plate, they knew they could contact the registered owner and they did. The owner told police Brett Irland was driving the car at the time of the chase. Officers went to Irland's address and found the car. By that time, officers knew Irland had an unrelated warrant, and arrested him without incident after they found him hiding in a bedroom.

Officers weigh a number of factors when they are in a pursuit, according to Clark. When the risks outweigh the reason for trying to contact the driver, they terminate the chase and will do investigative work to locate the driver.

Clark said sometimes, they will attempt to stop a car when they know who is inside. If the car flees, they discontinue the chase and wait to catch the person at a later time.