COUNCIL BLUFFS - An alleged purse snatching incident in Missouri Valley resulted in a high speed chase that ended with two men being arrested after the stolen car they were driving left the road near Wilson Island State Park on Tuesday morning. The names of the two adult men in custody are currently not being released pending further investigation.
The two men allegedly snatched a purse from the unattended car of a woman at a gas station just off of Interstate 29 in Missouri Valley and headed south on the interstate in a vehicle that had allegedly been stolen in Council Bluffs. The woman was able to provide the license plate to law enforcement. The car was spotted by conservation officers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources resulting in a high speed chase near the De Soto National Wildlife Refuge. At one point during the pursuit, the stolen car was driven across the top of a levy on the Boyer River.
The chase ultimately stopped when the car was driven off a gravel road, through a ditch and became entangled in a fence off Interstate 29 near Wilson Island State Park at the Loveland exit shortly before 11 a.m. Both the driver and passenger of the vehicle attempted to elude officers by running on foot across both lanes of Interstate 29. The driver of the vehicle was caught after a foot chase by a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol. A passenger in the vehicle was caught by conservation officers with the DNR after a foot chase.
The DNR and Iowa State Patrol were assisted by the Missouri Valley Police Department and Iowa Department of Transportation enforcement officers.
No further information is available at this time.