Council Bluffs man arrested after 2 state chase


December 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a Council Bluffs man was arrested early this (Monday) morning following a chase that wound its way from Iowa into Nebraska, and resulted in a collision with a trooper’s patrol cruiser. Authorities say 41-year old Richard David Poast was trying to elude Trooper James Bullington when Poast lost control of the 1994 Ford Explorer as it was traveling south on North 19st Street in Council Bluffs. The SUV had been reported stolen.

As the SUV went out of control, the 2008 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car Bullington was driving collided with the right side of the Explorer,causing only minor damage to the cruiser. The trooper was not injured.  Damage to the SUV was estimated at $3,000.  Following the collision, Poast continued to elude authorities and made his way into Nebraska, where he was eventually taken into custody.

The incident began at around 1:40-a.m., Monday.