Juvenile leads Keokuk police on auto chase


KEOKUK – On 4/10/17 at approximately 10:15 pm, an officer with the Keokuk Police Department attempted to stop the driver of a Honda 2008 SUV for a traffic offense in the area of 14th and Main. The driver of the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed and headed south on South 14th.  After a short pursuit, the driver of the Honda left the roadway at the intersection of Hilton Road and Valley Road. The driver fled on foot and was found in the area a few hours later. The 2008 Honda SUV was reported stolen from Moberly, Missouri. The driver of the Honda is a 17-year-old juvenile; and is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of a traffic accident, failure to maintain control, eluding, and numerous other traffic violations.

An occupant of the vehicle, William Glenn Vahle age 22 of Canton, Missouri also attempted to flee but, was taken into custody. Vahle had an arrest warrant from the State of Missouri for Felony Possession of Controlled Substance, and an arrest warrant from the State of Illinois for failure to appear, aggravated DUI.

William Glenn Vahle was transported to the Lee County Correctional Center and the juvenile is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Montrose. The Keokuk Police Department was assisted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Lee County Ambulance Service and, the Jackson Township Fire Department.  All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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