Westport man apprehended by K9 after alleged car theft

Nebraska, IN—Early yesterday morning, Jennings County deputies responded to a vehicle crash on Highway 50 in Nebraska. While responding, deputies learned that the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Weldon Wiley, 44, of Westport, had fled on foot. Officers arrived at the scene and searched the area for Wiley. While searching for Wiley, a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed crossed the centerline causing one deputy to jump into a ditch line to avoid being struck.

Sgt. Allen Ritchie and canine partner Vampir, who was in the area, was able to locate the vehicle and attempted to stop it and the vehicle refused to stop. After a short vehicle pursuit, Wiley crashed and fled on foot. Sgt. Ritchie deployed his canine, Vampir, and Wiley was taken into custody.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned that the vehicle involved in the original crash was reported stolen out of Ripley County. The second vehicle was stolen near the scene in Jennings County. It was also learned that Wiley had entered a residence, without permission, seeking a ride.

Wiley was charged on allegations of Auto Theft, Criminal Recklessness, Resisting by Fleeing, Residential Entry, OWI w/ endangerment, and Leaving the scene of an accident.  Wiley is currently being held in the Jennings County Jail on a $1,055.00 bond.