Arrest Made Following High-Speed Pursuit


An Illinois resident has been arrested following a high speed pursuit on Wednesday.

On March 31st, 2021, at approximately 1:17 P.M., the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office was advised that the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office had a vehicle attempting to elude them traveling northbound on Hwy 16. It was also relayed that they were just about to enter Wapello County and the City of Eldon.

Once entering Wapello County Deputies provided assistance. The driver of the fleeing vehicle, 28 year old John Broeksmit of Dwight, Illinois, eluded law enforcement for several counties reaching speeds of 110 mph. During the course of the pursuit spike strips were deployed on several occasions, leaving the suspect on two rims and two flat tires.

At approximately 2:10 P.M., Broeksmit stopped the vehicle near the Monroe, Iowa exit on Hwy 163. Broeksmit exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. Wapello County Deputies have filed criminal complaints for Eluding and Interference with Official Act. Several Law Enforcement agencies assisted in the incident.

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