Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker today (Tuesday), released more information about a wild pursuit we first told you about Sunday morning, on KJAN. The incident began at around 3:30-a.m., after a Pott. County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over a white Toyota pickup on Highway 59 in Avoca, for an equipment violation.
Danker says the 27-year old female driver of the pickup was being questioned by the deputy, when a passenger, identified as 20-year old Kolten Kenneth Kobold, of Harlan, slid into the driver’s seat and the pickup sped-off. As the chase went down interstate 80, the deputy noticed items including cash, a white powdery substance and a baggie were being tossed out of the truck, but Danker said later that authorities were not able to find evidence of the substance along the interstate. The pursuit entered the Shelby area on gravel roads before turning into a corn field. The truck with the deputy in chase, eventually wound-up back on I-80.
Danker says the pickup was traveling in the wrong direction for a short time before switching back across the median and going in the other direction. The truck then left the interstate again. The pursuit continued north through Shelby and ended at around 450th Street and County Road M-16, where another deputy performed a PIT Maneuver. His action caused the pickup to spin into a ditch.
Kobold was taken into custody at around 4-a.m. He faces numerous charges, including being a Fugitive from Justice, Eluding, Reckless Driving and several traffic offenses. Kobold was later released from custody posting a $7,000 bond. The female driver did not have a driver’s license, but no charges were filed against her.