SL Police Capture Wanted Man, File Drug Charges

Storm Lake Police were able to capture a person Tuesday afternoon wanted by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Police were advised 36-year-old Raymond Kerns of Quimby was traveling to a business in Storm Lake, and had a history of violence and being armed. At 2:45 Tuesday afternoon, police saw Kerns driving a vehicle in the 600 block of Geneseo Street. Patrol officers, investigators, and members of the police tactical entry team converged on the area. As Kerns approached the intersection of West Fifth his path was blocked by police vehicles.

Kerns allegedly accelerated in reverse… spinning his vehicle 180 degrees and attempting to travel northbound on Geneseo Street. Another police vehicle blocked his escape route and a second police vehicle struck Kerns’ vehicle from the rear, pinning the vehicle in. Officers approached Kerns’ vehicle and broke out a passenger side window. He was then removed and taken into custody without further incident.

Kerns was wanted on warrants from Cherokee, Ida, and Pottawattamie Counties for contempt of court and probation violation.

Police seized over 23-hundred dollars in cash from Kerns and executed a search warrant on his vehicle… where meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and other evidence was located and seized.

Kerns was charged by Storm Lake Police with possession with intent to deliver meth, a class “C” felony… third-offense possession of marijuana, a class “D” felony… driving while revoked, a serious misdemeanor… possession of drug paraphernalia, interference with official acts, reckless driving, and open container, all simple misdemeanors. He was held in jail without bond.

The vehicle operated by Kerns received 15-hundred dollars damage, and police vehicle received 500-dollars damage. No injuries were reported.