Lights and Sirens

Pair Face Felony Drug Charges And Many Misdemeanors After Chase

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two people from out-of-state are behind bars in the Lyon County Jail in Rock Rapids, facing both their original felony charges and a laundry list of misdemeanors after leading law officers on pursuits in both South Dakota and Iowa.

According to a press release from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old Anthony Thomas Sargent and 27-year-old Cassandra Dawn Adams are from Sioux Falls. But according to jail records, they both are listed as being from St. Peter, Minnesota.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office involvement in the matter started on Saturday evening, about 5:40 p.m. when Minnehaha County Metro Communications advised that officers from the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Department were in a pursuit of a black Jeep Liberty bearing Minnesota plates on SD Highway 42/IA Highway 9 heading into Lyon County. Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says the GFP was pursuing the pair because they are charged with multiple felony drug offenses.

The South Dakota officers terminated the pursuit just inside the Iowa border with the suspect vehicle traveling southeast on Highway 9.

The sheriff’s office reports that about an hour later, a Lyon County Deputy located the suspect vehicle near the intersection of 170th Street and Ashley Avenue, about three miles northwest of Lake Pahoja.

The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. They tell us the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed, attempting to elude the deputy and other responding officers. The pursuit continued on as the suspect vehicle went off-road into a cornfield near the intersection of Highway 18 and Buchanan Avenue, two miles west of Inwood. There, they tell us, the suspect vehicle and a Lyon County Deputy’s patrol vehicle collided, ultimately ending the pursuit. Two suspects were taken into custody. Sheriff Vander Stoep says the patrol Tahoe was likely totaled in the collision.

Sargent was identified as the driver. He faces an aggravated misdemeanor charge of eluding-25 mph or more over the speed limit and simple misdemeanor offenses of:

Possession of Stolen Property-5th Degree
Criminal Mischief-5th Degree
Reckless Driving
Driving Without a License
Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle
Defective Tires
Failure to Display Registration Plate
Eleven counts of Failure to Obey Stop Sign
Eleven counts of Speeding
Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device
Failure to Maintain Control
Vehicles on Sidewalks (Inwood City Ordinance)
Striking Fixtures on Roadway

Adams, the passenger, faces an aggravated misdemeanor charge of aiding and abetting eluding and simple misdemeanors offenses that include

Allowing Unauthorized Person to Drive
Violation of Financial Liability Coverage-Accident
Seven counts of Littering

The Sheriff’s Office reports that Lyon County Conservation Officers, the Inwood Fire and Rescue Department, the Iowa State Patrol, the Inwood Vet Clinic, and Inwood Body assisted them.

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