Laurens Man Arrested Following Chase

A Laurens man was arrested on multiple charges after a subject called 911 shortly before 5pm on Thursday to report he was following a vehicle that had stolen license plates displayed on it from Boone County.

A Clay County deputy located the vehicle in the 4400 mile of Highway 71 and turned around to follow it. At that time, the driver of the vehicle began to drive carelessly to avoid the deputy. A traffic stop was initiated by the deputy on the vehicle, and the driver failed to stop. The deputy initiated a pursuit with the vehicle southbound on Highway 71.

The Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement assisted at that time, and the pursuit continued into Buena Vista County, and then into Palo Alta County. Stop sticks were deployed, and the vehicle stopped in the 4600 mile of 380th Avenue in Palo Alto County.

The subject fled on foot into a corn field and was confronted by officers at that time. The male subject refused officers commands, and was tased and taken into custody without further incident at 5:40pm.

The driver was identified as 33-year-old Blaine Stockwell of Laurens. Stockwell was taken by Spencer Ambulance to the Spencer Hospital and released to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and transported to the Clay County Jail.

Stockwell has been charged with 1st Degree Theft…Interference With Official Acts…Driving While Barred…Eluding…Assault on a Peace Officer…Felon in Possession of a Firearm…Speeding…Fail to Signal Turn…Failure to Obey Stop Signs…Fraudulent Use of Registration…Careless Driving…and Reckless Driving. He is being held on a 20-thousand dollar bond. The case is still under investigation.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office, Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, Truesdale Fire and Rescue, and Ayrshire Fire and Rescue Departments.