Canadian Teen In Trouble With The Law In Sioux County

Date posted - January 9, 2012

A Canadian teen is in trouble with the law in Sioux County after leading deputies on a pursuit in northwest Sioux County on Thursday evening (1/5).

About 11:30 pm, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a pursuit with a 1998 Volkswagon Jetta. The pursuit started near the intersection of 270th Street. and Highway 75, about seven miles northwest of Hull. The incident began when the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation; the vehicle attempted to elude the deputy by travelling at a high rate of speed on gravel roads with its headlights off.

The pursuit continued for several miles before officers were able to stop the vehicle near the intersection of 290th Street and Garfield Avenue, four miles northeast of Rock Valley.

The driver, 19-year-old Eric Van Essen of Picture Butte, Canada, was arrested for Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement Officers, a Class D Felony, Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor, Driving Without Headlights, a simple misdemeanor, Speeding, a simple misdemeanor, and two Stop Sign Violations, both simple misdemeanors.

This case remains under investigation.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Rock Valley Police Department and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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