Video: Man in Stolen Skid Loader Rams Neb. Police Cruiser

Jan. 16, 2024
A Lincoln police officer stopped a suspect at gunpoint after the man stole a Bobcat and "went on a rampage," damaging multiple vehicles and injuring at least one person.

At least one person was injured Sunday after a man in a stolen skid loader crashed into stores, vehicles and a Nebraska police cruiser with an officer inside.

The incident happened at around 2:30 p.m. at a U-Stop convenience store in Lincoln, USA Today reports. Officers responded to reports of a man in a stolen skid loader who "went on a rampage" and was "vandalizing vehicles with the machine," according to police.

The man traveled in the Bobcat to a Home Depot parking lot a short distance away, and an officer tried to stop the spree of destruction. That's when the suspect rammed the officer in his SUV. 

"When the first officer arrived on the scene, the man turned the skid loader toward the cruiser and rammed into it while the officer was inside, damaging the cruiser," police stated in a news release. "The officer got out of his vehicle and drew his service weapon. He did not fire the weapon, and no one was injured as the suspect complied with commands to get out of the skid loader and was taken into custody at gunpoint."

The officer then jumped out of his cruiser and confronted the suspect at gunpoint. The man surrendered and was taken into custody.

Samuel Peyrot was arrested on second-degree assault on an officer, second-degree assault and criminal mischief. The incident is under investigation.

The officer and suspect were not injured in the incident. An individual inside a damaged truck suffered minor injuries.

According to police, the skid loader belonged to the suspect's employer. It's unclear why Peyrot stole the vehicle.

Multiple vehicles, along with the police cruiser, were damaged in the incident.

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