Three in custody after high speed chase

POCAHONTAS — Three people were arrested following an early Sunday morning vehicle chase through rural areas of a handful of northern Iowa counties.

The pursuit began at about 4:40 a.m. when a deputy spotted a 2020 Nissan speeding on Iowa Highway 4, according to the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Office. When the deputy tried to stop the vehicle, its driver took off at speeds of up to 100 mph.

The pursuit continued onto gravel roads where speeds reached 90 mph, the sheriff’s office reported.

The sheriff’s office reported that the vehicle failed to stop at numerous stop signs, went into the opposing lane of traffic and traveled without any lights on.

A Pocahontas County deputy did a Pursuit Intervention Technique at the intersection of 330th Avenue and 470th Street in Clay County. That brought the vehicle to a stop.

The vehicle’s driver, Braulio Hernandez Jr., 30, of Ames, was charged with driving while barred, eluding second or subsequent offense and numerous traffic violations, according to the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Office.

The two passengers in the vehicle — Denver Crumpton, 34, of Ruthven, and Hayley Byerly, 28, of Spencer — were arrested on outstanding warrants, the sheriff’s office reported. The details of those warrants were not released.

Deputy sheriff’s from Buena Vista, Clay and Palo Alto counties; Pocahontas police and Laurens police assisted the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Office.


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