COUNCIL BLUFFS - An alleged purse snatching incident in Missouri Valley resulted in a pursuit 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 driver of the vehicle, Ronald W. Reid, 29, of Council Bluffs, was caught after a foot chase by a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol. A passenger in the vehicle, Scott A. Hall, 35, of Omaha, Neb., was caught by conservation officers with the DNR after a foot chase.
Following the arrests in Iowa, search warrants were executed in Omaha and additional charges could be pending there after further investigation.
Reid has been charged with operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent, driving while suspended, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, interference with official acts and failure to yield for an emergency vehicle. Hall was charged with interference with official acts.
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 Reid and Hall attempted to elude officers by running on foot across both lanes of Interstate 29.
The DNR and Iowa State Patrol were assisted by the Missouri Valley Police Department and Iowa Department of Transportation enforcement officers.