The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received a call regarding people trespassing and possibly burglarizing vehicles about six miles northwest of Rock Rapids. A responding deputy observed a vehicle leaving the area.
When the deputy turned his patrol car around to investigate further, the Sheriff’s Office says the driver shut off the vehicle’s head lights and began traveling at a high rate of speed, in excess of 80 miles per hour, on foggy gravel roads.
They say the vehicle was pursued by the deputy for about four miles, when the suspect vehicle entered an acreage site and the driver attempted to conceal the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit was called to the scene to track the suspect. The 17-year-old male suspect, from rural Rock Rapids, was apprehended.
He has been charged with eluding law enforcement, a class D felony; operating while intoxicated 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor; a concealed weapons violation, an aggravated misdemeanor; failure to obey a stop sign, and failure to use headlamps when required.
The sheriff’s office reports that at the conclusion of the investigation the juvenile offender was transported to the Youth Emergency Services center in Cherokee.