According to authorities, about 8:20 Saturday evening (May 14th), the O’Brien County Communications Center received a report of an individual who was threatening family members in the Sutherland area.
According to authorities, Sheriff’s officers and Sutherland Police were dispatched to the Sutherland area, and reportedly discovered the suspect in a family vehicle. When officers attempted to make contact, the suspect fled in the vehicle with officers in pursuit, according to police.
Sheriff’s officials say that, with the assistance of Sanborn Police & Iowa State Patrol Troopers, Stop Sticks were deployed near 350th & Silver Avenue. Authorities say the suspect vehicle hit the Stop Sticks, and for a short time the vehicle was running on a rim. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was eventually apprehended in Sanborn at Casey’s General Store.
Deputies say they arrested 27-year old Jeffrey Rohwer, of Cherokee, and charged him with OWI 2nd Offense , Felony Eluding, Domestic Abuse Causing Bodily Injury, Reckless Driving, Speeding (110 mph in a 55 mph zone), and two stop sign violations. Authorities say the assault charge is a result of a family member sustaining a broken foot.
Officials say Rohwer was booked into the O’Brien County Jail on a bond totaling $10,000.