Crash follows chase of stolen motorcycle in Council Bluffs


October 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man was taken to the hospital in critical condition Monday, after the motorcycle he was a passenger on crashed into a car at South 16th Street and 2nd Avenue in Council Bluffs. Sgt. Pat Toscano said 23-year old Eric Brandt was taken to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha following the crash, which happened at around 9:30-p.m., Monday.

Toscano said the driver of the cycle, 30-year old Scott McNeal, of Council Bluffs, suffered serious injuries in the crash. Both of the motorcyclists were wearing their helmets. The driver of the car, Bruce McFadden, of Council Bluffs, suffered minor injuries. McNeal and McFadden were also transported to the hospital.

According to the Police report, McNeal and Brandt were being pursued westbound on 2nd Avenue by a pickup truck. An investigation is underway to determine if shots had been fired by a passenger in the truck during the chase. As the cycle, which had been reported stolen from Council Bluffs in August,  approached the intersection of South 16th Street, it collided with McFadden’s 2000 Ford Taurus, after he stopped at the intersection and proceeded south.

The incident remains under investigation.