Emmetsburg Police Chief Eric Hanson tells KIWA the accident happened last Thursday afternoon (January 5th) when his officers were called to the scene of a 2-vehicle accident at an Emmetsburg intersection. Hanson says one of the vehicles fled the scene of the crash, and was followed by an Emmetsburg firefighter, who kept the car in sight and radioed law enforcement authorities of its location. Hanson says troopers and Palo Alto County Deputies got the car stopped just east of Emmetsburg, and discovered that it was being driven by Kendra Lynn Van Lo of Archer.
Hanson says Van Lo, and a passenger, Nikarra Ashlyn Macmain of Ashton were taken into custody.
Hanson said his officers discovered active arrest warrants for Macmain from Harrison County for Forgery, A Class “D” Felony, as well as Identity Theft, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Bond on those charges was set at $5,000.
In addition, Hanson says they also discovered an active arrest warrant for Macmain from O’Brien County for 5 counts of Forgery, and Providing False Information. Bond was set at $10,300 on the O’Brien County charges.
Hanson says his officers also arrested Macmain on a Woodbury County warrant for a Probation Violation, and Possession of Marijuana. Bond on those charges was set at $1,000. Following her arrest Macmain was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail in Emmetsburg.
Van Lo faces traffic charges in relation to the crash.
Hanson says additional charges have been filed against the pair in connection with the investigation into a check forgery case involving several forged checks being passed in Emmetsburg in December. As a result of the investigation, Macmain was charged with a total of 10 counts of Forgery, along with four counts of Identity Theft in connection with incidents at multiple Emmetsburg businesses.
Van Lo has been charged with one count of Forgery in connection with an incident at an Emmetsburg business, according to Chief Hanson.
Hanson says the Emmetsburg Police Department was assisted in their investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and that more charges against the pair may be filed by law enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions around northwest Iowa.