BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
LEE COUNTY – Lee County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who led officers on a chase and then fled on foot into the woods near Ambrosia Lane just after 9 a.m. this morning.
Sheriff Stacy Weber said this morning, the only details of the suspect are a white male with a “salt and pepper” beard.
Weber said the man stole an F250 construction type truck in Des Moines and was spotted in Lee County when the chase started.
“We tried to initiate a stop and a chase ensued. I got in at the end when he came right at me on a gravel road going 75-90 mph. I spun around and chased him to a construction area where some people had bought some property and were going to build a home,” Weber said.
“He drove past me and then headed into a field and into a wooded area where he drove through some trees and then into a creek bed, where he hit a tree and then bailed out. After that it was anybody’s guess where he was.”
Weber said both dogs were in Sioux City Monday getting certified and couldn’t be used in the chase. Montrose police tried to deploy stop sticks during the chase, but the suspect was able to avoid them.
Deputies combed the timber and field lines in the area, hoping to flush the suspect out, and several other volunteer and off-duty deputies patrolled the gravel roads off 300th Street between Old Highway 218 and Hwy 27.
Weber said he didn’t have information on whether the suspect was still in the area or was able to contact someone for a ride. He advised residents in the area to lock up all their property and vehicles and report any suspicious individuals or vehicles in the area to local law enforcement.
“We don’t know anything about him other than he didn’t want to get caught today and he was in a stolen vehicle,” he said.
“So lock everything up and use extreme caution if you see anyone on your property. Call us if you see suspicious vehicles and try to get a plate.”
Iowa State Patrol and several local police departments assisted in the search.