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Speeding Bluffs motorist’s attempt avoid police radar results in injury accident


October 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a motorists attempt to avoid a speeding ticket resulted in a crash that sent his passenger to the hospital. 21-year old Kirsty Marie Newland, of Council Bluffs, suffered possble, unknown injuries in the crash that happened at around 4:30-p.m. Monday, on Highway 92 in Council Bluffs. She was brought to Jennie Edmundson Hospital by Lewis Township Rescue. Officials say Newland was wearing a seatbelt.

The Patrol says the accident happened as a car driven by 20-year old James Robert Jorgensen, of Council Bluffs, was traveling east on Highway 92, and approaching the intersection with Valley View Drive. Trooper Jared Kastner said he clocked the car allegedly traveling at 76-miles per hour in a 50-mile per hour zone, while Trooper was waiting at a stop light. Kastner said in his report, that when Jorgensen saw the fully marked patrol car, he made an abdrupt attempt to slow down. In the process, Jorgensen lost control of the 2007 Hundai Tiberon, which had bald front tires. The car entered the south ditch and continued through a privately-owned fence, before coming to rest on Chickasaw Lane.

Jorgensen was not hurt in the crash. Kastner says the man was charged with Speeding, Failure to Maintain Control, and Careless Driving.