Update: Juvenile faces multiple charges in connection with stolen vehicle


March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

In an update to a story told you about Wednesday here on KJAN.com, Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says a juvenile was arrested on multiple charges, following the chase of a vehicle allegedly stolen out of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. The unnamed male suspect was transported to the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Council Blufs, to be held on charges of 1st degree theft; Felony Eluding; 3rd degree theft; Carrying a Concealed Weapon; Reckless driving; and Failure to have a valid driver’s license.

Danker says the incident began at about 4:40-a.m. Wednesday, when the Washington and Douglas County, NE Sheriff’s Offices and Nebraska State Patrol released a broadcast notifying area law enforcement they were in pursuit of a Ford Escape allegedly stolen in Nebraska. The chase was along Interstate 680 eastbound heading towards Iowa. When the stolen vehicle crossed the State line, Nebraska authorities terminated their pursuit. Danker says his deputies were able to set a perimeter from Hamlet Lane on River Road, north to 130th Street. The suspect was seen by units in the area as he drove across fields and began to follow a fence line south on River Road. He continued south on River Road to the Council Bluffs City limits, in excess of 80-miles per hour.

As the vehicle was being pursued, the suspect drove around a set of spike strips deployed by Council Bluffs Police, by turning west into a field and onto an abandoned set of railroad tracks. The SUV went out of control and slid down an embankment, into a tree, which pinned the driver’s door shut. The suspect was apprehended without injury. No law enforcement officers were injured as a result of the chase.

Danker says a search of the vehicle recovered personal identification items not belonging to the suspect, along with a small caliber handgun and three rounds of ammunition. The gun had not been reported stolen. Items located in the SUV were reported to have been stolen during a burglary which occurred sometime Wednesday morning. Also located in the vehicle was a “Things to do before 3/11/12” list. The list included check boxes, some of which had been marked. Among items on the check list was “survival-type gear,” “checking the pistol,”  and, “finding places to go.”