(update) High Speed Pursuit in Cass and Pottawattamie Counties


March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story posted online Wednesday night and broadcast this (Thursday) morning, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a Council Bluffs man was arrested in Oakland following a high-speed chase that spanned three counties and several local communities. The incident which led to the arrest of 25-year old Zachary A. White began in Audubon, when officers attempted to stop a black BMW at around 10-p.m..

Audubon County Sheriff Todd Johnson said the car took off, and was pursued by Audubon Police, Audubon County Sheriff’s Deputies and Exira Police. Those agencies broke off the pursuit when they lost sight of the vehicle. The chase resumed in Cass County, through Atlantic on Highway 6 at around 10:15-p.m.. The pursuit soon made its way out of Cass County into Pottawattamie County. Pott. County Sheriff’s Dept. spokesman, Lt. Pat McGinn said Deputy Shea picked up the chase near the County line. At that time, the BMW was traveling in excess of 120-miles per hour.

McGinn says the deputy stationed himself at 430th Street and Highway 6 was prepared to laydown stop sticks. As the car approached, the deputy deployed the stop sticks. The car’s left front tire rand over and was punctured by the device. The suspect stopped his disabled vehicle in Oakland at Doctor Van Zee Road and Highway 59/6.

He was taken into custody at around 10:35-p.m. and charged with felony eluding, Operating While Intoxicated and numerous other charges. Additional charges are likely in Audubon County, as well. White was being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail on  $5,000 bond.