Oklahoma man gets four years probation for Kearney robbery, chase

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KEARNEY, Neb. - The Oklahoma man arrested for robbing a teenage girl and leading Kearney police on a high speed pursuit was sentenced to four years probation for misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor false reporting.

The sentence for a separate conviction for felony flight to avoid arrest is still pending

Johnny Tavares was arrested after a wild incident in Kearney February 13.

Court records show Johnny Tavares, 34, was arrested after:
-His car was involved in an accident at 39th and 2nd avenue
-He forced the driver of the other car, a Kearney teenage girl to withdraw $100 from an ATM
-He then took off south on 2nd avenue in a green van with Texas plates
-When Kearney police gave chase he drove at high speeds through south Kearney and drove through a corner of Centennial Park
-He led police west out of town on 11th street
-His car struck a garage and a canal embankment at a rural residence west of Kearney
-He abandoned the car and fled on foot
-Kearney police arrested him when he tried to get back into town in a cab.

Buffalo county authorities said that Tavares was also wanted for crimes in Florida and Oklahoma.

A passenger in Tavares' vehicle, Stephanie Washington, was found with a quantity of meth and faces drug charges.