A 17-year-old Alvarado resident was taken into custody Tuesday, Feb.19, by Sheriff’s Deputy James Novian while conducting traffic on Gina Lane in Alvarado, according to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Jeremy Nelson was transported to the Johnson County Corrections Center where he was charged with theft of greater than $1,500 and less than $20,000, while evading arrest or detention.

Sheriff Bob Alford stated that a second suspect involved in the theft is being sought by detectives for questioning.

Alford said Novian observed a dark colored pickup approaching his location at a high rate of speed and, when it came to a stop, a man exited the vehicle and told him that his truck had just been stolen, pointing to a white pickup traveling east on Gina Lane.

“At that time, Novian initiated pursuit of the stolen vehicle,” Alford said, noting that the driver of the truck was committing numerous traffic infractions that potentially endangered others.

“Deputy Novian had the truck in sight when it came to an abrupt stop at a wooded area near the 7800 block of CR 616,” Alford said, saying the deputy spotted a male wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans exiting the vehicle and attempting to flee into the wooded area.

“I commend Deputy Novian for his quick action,” said Alford, saying it resulted in taking the suspect, Jeremiah Franklin Nelson of Alvarado, into custody.