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Bedford man held on $50k bond following a pursuit Tue. night


June 12th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer, Wednesday, said a man was arrested on numerous charges following a traffic stop that escalated into a pursuit, Tuesday night, with speeds of the suspect vehicle reaching over 100 mph at times. At around 11:18-p.m. Deputies from the Page County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by 26-year old Robert Castillo, of Bedford, for an equipment violation. The incident began near the intersection of P Avenue and 220th Street, about one-mile west of Clarinda.

The vehicle is owned by Damien & Joleen Most of Corning, IA.  Joleen Most was a passenger in the vehicle. As the Deputy initiated the traffic stop, the vehicle sped up and continued west on 220th. The vehicle went into a field of planted corn and made a wide “U” turn, causing approximately $1000.00 damage to the crops. The vehicle then re-entered 220th continuing west until O Avenue where it turned north. The car continued north on O Avenue to the intersection of 200th Street, where it turned east, with Deputies still in pursuit. Deputies continued to pursue the vehicle on gravel and dirt roads until a tire on the Pontiac had been lost due to the vehicle running over controlled tire deflation tools, otherwise known as Stop Sticks.

James R. Castillo

Deputies detained Most and arrested Castillo on a Page County District warrant for Probation Violation with a bond of $20,000. Additional charges resulting from the pursuit include: Criminal Mischief 3rd degree (aggravated misdemeanor); Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) 3rd or subsequent offense (class D Felony); Reckless driving (simple misdemeanor); Possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor); Eluding (class D Felony), and Driving while barred / habitual offender (aggravated misdemeanor).

Castillo was also being held on a Montgomery County Warrant for Probation violation. His combined bond on the charges and warrants is $50,000. Joleen Most was released from the scene and has no charges at this time as a result of the incident.

The Page County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Clarinda Police Department Officers and Clarinda Police Department K-9 Raiko.