Man arrested after second chase this month


MONTROSE – A man who led southeast Iowa law enforcement on chase from Des Moines County into Lee County on March 14, has been arrested after a second chase through the area today.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Travis W. Peterson, 39 of Raritan, Ill.


Peterson had eight warrants for his arrest stemming from a pursuit involving the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office that ended in Wever on March 14, 2019.

Peterson was located today by Des Moines County authorities, and he led them to Henry County in a pursuit. Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Transportation took the lead on the pursuit into Lee County where deputies of Lee County assisted the Iowa State Patrol in the pursuit.

Peterson lost control of the car he was driving, then abandoned it and allegedly took another vehicle on 130th Avenue, just inside the Lee County jurisdiction.

Peterson then continued to lead Lee County Deputies and Iowa State Patr olmen into Van Buren County where he was taken into custody after STOP STICKS were deployed, disabling the stolen vehicle he was driving.

Assisting in this arrest were LeeComm Dispatchers, West Point Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Sheriffs Office, and the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional charges will follow from the March 14th incident, including Eluding, and multiple traffic offenses. Peterson is merely charged with these crimes, and he should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law.

Weber said the sheriff’s office appreciates the assistance provided by the community and the other members of law enforcement who assisted in this incident resulting in the arrest.

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