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Pursuit Ends in Bean Field Near Ottumwa Regional Airport

By Ellis Codjoe, September 23, 2017

A police pursuit ended with a pickup stuck far in a soybean field near the Ottumwa Regional Airport Friday night.

Iowa State Patrol Troopers say the pursuit began on Eddyville Road near Ottumwa when a trooper attempted to pull the pickup over.

The pursuit eventually ended near the airport, only after the driver mazed through the area causing property damage in several locations. Troopers say a retaining wall, street signs and property at Job Corp. were all damaged.

Two Iowa State Patrol vehicles were also damaged in the pursuit.

Members of the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department also participated in the pursuit, but couldn’t comment except to say their vehicles were not damaged.

Approximate location the pursuit ended

The driver was taken into custody after driving through a soybean field, with troopers still in tow. The pursuit ended an estimated 2,000-3,000 feet northeast of the intersection of 150th Street and Airport Road, or 1,000-2,000 feet northwest of Airport Road and Highway 149.

The pursuit ended at approximately 9:10 P.M.

Firefighters were initially notified that the truck may have been on fire when the pursuit ended, but were called off minutes later.

The name of the driver taken into custody was not immediately available Friday night, nor were a list of his or her charges.

The pickup has since been removed. More details are expected on Monday.

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