PURSE SNATCHING LEADS TO HIGH SPEED CHASE
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) An Alleged purse snatching in Missouri Valley led to a high speed chase this (Tuesday) morning.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says two men allegedly snatched a purse from an unattended car of a woman at a gas station just off of Interstate 29 in Missouri Valley and headed south on the interstate in a vehicle that had allegedly been stolen in Council Bluffs. The woman was able to provide the license plate to law enforcement. The car was spotted by conservation officers with the DNR resulting in a high speed chase near the De Soto National Wildlife Refuge.
At one point during the pursuit, the stolen car was driven across the top of a levy on the Boyer River. The chase stopped when the car was driven off of a gravel road, through a ditch and became entangled in a fence near Wilson Island State Park at the Loveland exit shortly before 11 a.m. The driver and the passenger of the vehicle attempted to elude officers on foot across both lanes of I-29. The driver of the vehicle was caught by a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol. The passenger was caught by conservation officers. The names of the two adult men in custody are not being released at this time pending further investigation.
The DNR and Iowa State Patrol were assisted by the Missouri Valley Police Department and Iowa Department of Transportation enforcement officers.