Estherville, Iowa — A Sibley man is in custody as the result of a traffic stop in Emmet County.
According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens, a sheriff’s deputy who was at the intersection of 490th Avenue and Highway 9 at 3:45 AM Thursday morning clocked a westbound vehicle at 89 mph. The deputy sheriff attempted to initiate a traffic stop of the vehicle.
When the deputy tried to stop the vehicle, it fled and accelerated to speeds in excess of 120 MPH still continuing westbound on Highway 9.
The vehicle entered Estherville on Highway 9, where the Estherville Police Department joined in the effort to stop the vehicle. After a brief chase through some city side streets the chase left the city limits of Estherville on 5th Avenue North. Then as the vehicle approached 410th Avenue it failed to turn onto 410th Avenue and entered a cornfield. Still attempting to flee, the vehicle traveled for about a mile through the field before trying to exit the field, becoming stuck in a road ditch near the intersection of 420th Avenue and 160th Street.
The driver abandoned the 2007 Ford registered to Paul Erickson of Armstrong and fled north on foot through a farm field before being taken into custody by officers from the Estherville Police Department.
The driver, identified as 27-year-old Casey Gene Schneidermann of Sibley was booked into the Emmet County Jail and was charged with Eluding a Law Enforcement Vehicle, a class D Felony; Carrying Weapons and Interference with Official Acts, both serious misdemeanors; Speeding, 120mph in a 55mph zone; Speeding, 108 in a 45 mph zone; Driving with a suspended license; and two counts of failure to obey a traffic control device, all simple misdemeanors.
Schneidermann remains in custody with bond set at $6000 cash on the Eluding and weapons charges and $1000 cash or surety on the Interference with official acts charge.
The Erickson vehicle received an estimated $1600 in damage.
The event remains under investigation by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office.