Driver Dead After Pickup Goes Into East Lake Okoboji

Spirit Lake police have released the name of a man who died following a short pursuit early Tuesday.

He’s identified as 26-year-old Colton Baschke of Spirit Lake. Police say the incident started around 12:30 a-m when an officer attempted to pull over in Spirit Lake. The driver refused to stop and instead lead officers on a pursuit that lasted about three minutes. That’s when officers lost sight of the vehicle. It was later located after it had been involved in a collision.

Police believe the pickup traveled across a residential lawn and collided with a utility shed. The pickup then went into East Lake Okoboji, about 15 feet off shore. Authorities say it appears Baschke was ejected from the vehicle. Police say Baschke was treated on the scene by police and paramedics. He was then transported by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare where he was pronounced dead.

A technical investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Iowa State Patrol.

(Story from KUOO/KUQQ, Spirit Lake)