In an update to our stories late Monday night and early this (Tuesday) morning, police in Harlan have added more information to a report filed by the Iowa State Patrol. The H-PD says at around 10:15-p.m., Monday, an officer clocked a 2008 Honda CRV as 51-mph in a 25mph zone, as the car was traveling southbound on 7th Street near Chatburn Avenue. The vehicle left the road and went south through open lots, fields, ditches and other terrain.
The suspect’s vehicle eventually made it into Southwest Avenue and then onto Linden Road at a high rate of speed. During the pursuit, the Honda was clocked at 110-miles per hour. About 4.5-miles south of Harlan, while on U-S Highway 59, the vehicle left the road and entered a field, where it crashed. The driver, 43-year old Kenneth Duane Kokemiller, of Perry, was taken into custody at the scene and transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and the released to the custody of authorities. Scanner reports at the time of his arrested indicated the man was acting aggressively toward the officer, and was being held at gunpoint until backup could arrive.
An investigation determined the Honda has been stolen from Story County. Kokemiller was being held in the Shelby County Jail for Possession of Stolen Property, and numerous traffic violations. Harlan Police were assisted during the incident by deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and troopers with the Iowa State Patrol.