Nebraska State Patrol troopers say they found a 14-year-old girl who had been reported missing driving a stolen Jeep on Tuesday afternoon. 

State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said at about 4:20 p.m., a trooper saw the driver discard a cigarette out the window of a Jeep Patriot while it was stopped at 27th and O streets and learned the vehicle had been reported stolen.

The trooper followed the Jeep and stopped it near 27th and Vine streets.

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Thomas said the 14-year-old girl who had been driving was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, no operator’s license and theft by receiving stolen property. 

She was taken to the Lancaster County Youth Services Center.

One of her passengers, 43-year-old Jay Schultz of Lincoln, was arrested on outstanding warrants. The other, an 18-year-old man, was released.

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