Sioux City Man Behind Bars After Chase

Alton, Iowa — A Sioux City man was arrested on Monday after allegedly leading law enforcement officers on a pursuit in eastern Sioux County.
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Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Steve Hilt reports that about 8:10 PM on Monday, June 2, they arrested 34-year-old Robert Pistore of Sioux City.

A few moments earlier, Hilt says Trooper Jeff Zylstra had attempted to stop a dark Pontiac Gran Prix for a window tint violation. Hilt reports that the vehicle left the roadway and drove through fields and fences southwest of Hospers.

The car eventually came back onto the roadway and went south on Highway 60. Hilt says that the driver reached speeds near 100 miles per hour. The vehicle then began slowing down. When Sergeant Hilt joined the pursuit about two miles north of Alton, he says the speed had dropped to about 60 miles per hour.

The driver turned onto the exit ramp at Highway 10 near Alton. An Orange City Police vehicle was at the bottom of the ramp displaying emergency lights. The driver then pulled onto the gravel shoulder and stopped, says Hilt.

He says the driver and passenger were both detained in handcuffs. Pistore’s driver’s license had been suspended several times for failure to pay fines. The passenger had no charges or warrants and was released after about ten minutes, according to Hilt.

Trooper Zylstra took the driver to the Sioux County Jail where he was charged with driving while suspended, eluding, illegal window tint, and no insurance.

Two Vehicle Accident In Orange City

OC PD Orange City PoliceOrange City, IA — A Sioux Center woman’s and a Maurice woman’s vehicle were damaged in an accident on Monday, June 1st.

The Orange City Police Department reports that at about 2:45 pm, 24-year-old Leah Weikert of Sioux Center was driving northbound in a 2011 Chevy Impala and stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of 3rd Street and Arizona Avenue Southwest in Orange City. Fifty-two-year-old Jill Hayes of Maurice was driving a 2011 Toyota 4Runner westbound through the intersection of 3rd Street and Arizona Avenue Southwest. According to the report Weikert did not yield to Hayes, proceeded north into traffic and struck the Hayes.

Weikert’s Impala received $500 damage. Hayes’s Toyota received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Two Taken To Hospital After Motorcycle Accident

Alton, Iowa — Two people from Le Mars were taken to a hospital after an accident near Alton on Saturday night.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:00 PM, 39-year-old Brian Dailey of Le Mars was driving a 2003 Harley‐Davidson motorcycle southbound on Highway 60, a mile south of Alton, when he lost control of the motorcycle.

One ambulance from Alton and one from Orange City took Dailey and a passenger, 26-year-old Heidi Ortmann of Le Mars to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

The Harley‐Davidson sustained approximately $4,000 in damages.

The Orange City Police Department, Alton Ambulance and the Orange City Ambulance assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

They report that alcohol is believed to be a factor and the accident is remains under investigation.

Teens Injured In Spencer Accident

Spencer, Iowa — Three Spencer nineteen-year-olds were taken to the hospital after an accident near Spencer.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 9:30 AM on Friday, May 29, 2015, 19-year-old Samuel Van Berkum of Spencer was driving a 2010 Chevy southbound on Highway 71, south of the north Y. Thirty-four year-old Aaron Skatges of Dakota City, NE was southbound on 71 in a 2010 semi.

The report says that Van Berkum failed to yield the right of way to the semi as it slowed down to turn. Van Berkum rear-ended the semi, says the report.

The Spencer Ambulance took Van Berkum and two passengers in his vehicle, 19-year-old Benjamin Fox and 19-year-old Kaleb Dandy, both of Spencer to the Spencer Hospital.

Van Berkum’s Chevy was totaled. The semi sustained $2500 in damages.

The Spencer Police, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, and the Spencer Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

Orange City Woman Hits Two Parked Cars

orange city alton police oc pd ocpdOrange City, IA — An Orange City Woman struck two parked cars in Orange City on Wednesday, May 27th.

The Orange City Police Department reports that at about 11:00 am on Wednesday, 75-year-old Audrey Van Grouw of Orange City was backing up in the Dollar General Store parking lot in a 2002 Mercury Sable. According to the report, Van Grouw backed out of her spot on the north side of the parking lot, and backed into a 2011 Chrysler 300 and a 2013 Ford Taurus that were directly parked across the parking lot. Van Grouw was unaware that she struck the vehicles and left the parking lot. Van Grouw was later located at her residence.

Van Grouw’s Sable received $600 damage. The Chrysler received $300 damage; the Taurus received $600 damage.

No injuries were reported

Boyden Woman Injured In Accident

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Hull, IA — A Boyden woman was injured in an accident on Wednesday, May 27th near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:56 am, 16-year-old Emily Van Ginkel was driving a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville eastbound on 310th Street. Thirty-one-year-old Shirley Van Engen of Boyden was driving a 2006 Mercury Montego northbound on Highway 75. According to the report, Van Ginkel stopped for the stop sign at Highway 75 and then drove into the intersection and Van Engen struck Van Ginkel.

Van Engen reported minor injuries but declined further medical attention.

The Pontiac received $800 damage. The Mercury received $2000 damage.