Stockwell Sentenced To Prison

A Laurens man… arrested in September after a high speed pursuit that went through portions of three counties… has been sentenced to prison.

Thirty-three year-old Blaine Stockwell was initially charged with first-degree theft, interference with official acts, driving while barred, eluding, assault on a peace officer, felon in possession of a firearm, speeding, failure to signal, failure to obey stop signs, fraudulent use of registration, careless driving and reckless driving.

The pursuit began in Clay County after the sheriff’s office received a report of a vehicle with stolen license plates. The pursuit continued into Buena Vista and Palo Alto Counties, with speed in excess of 90 miles an hour. The pickup… which had been stolen from Algona… eventually stopped, then caught fire. The sheriff’s office had to taze Stockwell before bringing him into custody.

Stockwell pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, a class “D” felony… and eluding. He was sentenced to five years in prison… to pay one-thousand dollars restitution… and 485-dollars in court costs and surcharges.