The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received the report on Sunday evening (5/6) of a field that had been damaged by a vehicle, near the intersection of Hickory Avenue and 400th Street, one mile east of Sioux Center.
A short time later the vehicle was located and stopped by a Trooper from the Iowa State Patrol. During the investigation it was found that 76-year-old Robert Dickie of Hudson, SD had been driving a 1996 Chrysler Town and Country minivan southbound on Hickory Avenue and had gone through the stop sign at 400th Street and into the southwest ditch of the intersection. Dickie had then driven through a planted corn field and then back on to Hickory Avenue, and had then left the area.
Dickie received minor injuries in the accident and was transported to the Orange City Hospital by the Iowa State Trooper.
The Chrysler minivan sustained about $3,000 in damages. The planted corn field, owned by Elmer Zommermaand, of Sioux Center sustained about $300 in damages.
Dickie was arrested for operating while intoxicated and failure to report an injury accident. He was additionally charged with failing to obey stop sign and failure to maintain control.
The Iowa State Patrol and Sioux Center Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office.