Kansans arrested after early-morning chase in western Iowa punctuated by gunshots at deputy’s cruiser

Two men from Kansas were arrested Thursday after leading authorities in western Iowa on a stolen-vehicle pursuit that included gunshots aimed at a deputy.

The incident began around 3:45 a.m. when Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Shelby over a stolen 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The vehicle was later spotted westbound on Interstate 80 near Underwood and Neola. The driver of the Chevy refused to stop and fled from the location, hitting a top speed of 120 mph, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The vehicle left I-80 at the Underwood exit. At County Road L-34 and Whippoorwill Road, an attempt was made to stop the vehicle, with the Chevy ending up in a ditch and two occupants fleeing on foot, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The driver, a 25-year-old from Scranton, Kansas, was quickly arrested, the Sheriff’s Office said. A passenger, an 18-year-old from Burlingame, Kansas, got into a pickup in the area and fled from the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said. The pickup became stuck in a cornfield and the teen fled on foot before he was arrested, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The two men were taken to a Bluffs hospital for treatment of minor injuries. They were released and taken to the Pottawattamie County Jail, officials said.

Sometime during the pursuit, gunshots were fired at a deputy’s cruiser, the Sheriff’s Office said. No injuries occurred.

The 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of multiple traffic offenses, theft of a motor vehicle, interference with official acts and possession of a stolen handgun, officials said.

The 18-year-old was arrested on of suspicion of two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, interference with official acts and attempted murder.

Thursday’s pursuit was the second one for Pottawattamie County deputies in a little more than 24 hours.

Tuesday around 11:30 p.m., two men in their 30s were arrested after a brief pursuit in western Iowa.

The pursuit started north of Crescent and it ended with a crash into a ditch southwest of the town, the Sheriff’s Office said.

After the crash, the 38-year-old driver fled on foot before he was captured with the help of Omaha police, a police dog and an Omaha police helicopter.

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