SE Iowa Man Accused of Stealing Car, Evading Authorities


Authorities say a southeast Iowa man stole a vehicle from an Ottumwa business on Friday and led law enforcement on a high-speed chase.

34-year-old Kanyavong Sensouk of Ottumwa was charged with second-degree theft (Class D felony), eluding (Class D felony), interference with official acts (serious misdemeanor), and five counts of driving under suspension.

At approximately 9:07 AM, court records say Sensouk drove away in a vehicle that was left at a business on Church Street for repairs. The business owner saw the alleged theft occur and attempted to stop the stolen vehicle but Sensouk rammed the business owner’s vehicle off the road.

The stolen vehicle was reported to law enforcement and a deputy from the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office located the stolen vehicle on Eagle Drive, according to court documents. The deputy activated the siren and lights on his vehicle but Sensouk refused to stop. The deputy tried unsuccessfully to break the driver’s side window with his baton.

Authorities say the pursuit continued to a farm field where the deputy tried to stop the stolen vehicle but Sensouk rammed the deputy’s vehicle. Sensouk then backed up the vehicle and attempted to escape but was boxed in by other law enforcement vehicles.

The deputy ordered Sensouk to put his hands up and exit the vehicle but Sensouk allegedly refused. Sensouk was taken into custody after the deputy broke the driver’s window with his baton and removed Sensouk from the vehicle. The broken window injured the deputy’s forearm and Sensouk’s side, according to court documents.

Sensouk is currently in the Wapello County Jail. His bail has been set at $10,000.

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