Chase of stolen pickup & camper ends in crash and arrest


September 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man faces numerous charges after allegedly stealing a pickup truck, leading an Iowa State Patrol Trooper on a high-speed chase, and then collided with the Trooper’s car. The Patrol says 25-year old Jesse Charles Adams was charged with Reckless Driving, Eluding and speeding, with numerous other charges not listed.

Officials say 43-year old Trooper James Bullington pursued a stolen 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup with an attached stolen camper southbound, on Interstate 29 in northwestern Mills County at around 12:45-a.m., Friday. Both the pickup and camper were taken from a man in Council Bluffs. At one-point, the pickup was clocked doing 104-miles per hour in a 70-mile per hour zone.

When the vehicles exited the interstate heading east on Bungee Avenue, the Trooper drove along side the pickup in his 2009 Dodge Charger in an attempt to prevent Adams from re-entering the interstate northbound. As he did so, Adams turned the pickup left as if to head onto the I-29 northbound ramp, and collided with the Patrol vehicle.

After the Charger became lodged between the truck and camper, both vehicles came to rest on the on-ramp. The pickup sustained minor damage. The camper sustained $1,000 damage, and the Patrol car sustained what was termed “Functional Damage.”