Northwest Iowa — An attempted traffic stop near Ashton didn’t end until the vehicle had gone through Sheldon and was near Boyden on Sunday.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that one of their deputies attempted to stop a vehicle for a speeding violation in Ashton. They tell us the vehicle failed to stop and attempted to elude the deputy at a high rate of speed.

Sheriff’s officials say the pursuit went through Sheldon and while in Sheldon, a passenger jumped out of the vehicle. That passenger was taken into custody by the Sheldon Police Department. The vehicle continued to elude the deputy and it continued westbound on Highway 18. The vehicle turned into Boyden and eventually started driving back towards Sheldon. An O’Brien County Deputy used stop sticks which deflated two of the vehicle’s tires.

They tell us that a short time later, the driver of the vehicle lost control of the vehicle and drove into a ditch. Once in the ditch, the driver and another passenger fled the scene on foot into a cornfield. The passenger was taken into custody a short time later. They say the driver was not located, but they did identify the driver.

The Sheriff’s Office says they arrested 29-year-old Kevin Aaron Vail, of Spencer Iowa and 22-year-old Lacey O’Clair of Matlock. Vail was charged with possession of a controlled substance – third offense and possession of drug paraphernalia. O’Clair was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

They tell us that the Sheldon Police Department, the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, Sioux County Emergency Management, O’Brien County Emergency Management, and the Sheldon Fire Company assisted them with the response to the incident.

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