Police continue search for two suspects in car theft

Jared Raney

Two suspects in a car theft early this morning have still not been caught after one of them drove the stolen car into the Skunk River.

The car, a 1986 Chevrolet K30 pick-up, was reportedly stolen from Rewerts Well Co. Inc. in Nevada.

Ames Police attempted to pull the car over in east Ames, near Edison and Carnegie at 1:15 a.m April 24, 2013. The suspect did not pull over and drove onto Lincoln Way. At the corner of Carnegie and Lincoln Way, the passenger of the pickup got out of the car.

The police continued to follow the stolen truck, which traveled about 40 mph down Lincoln. This low-speed chase continued east on Lincoln Way until the suspect turned down Freel Drive, eventually attempting to escape through a cornfield.

“He kind of drove around the cornfield for a while like he was trying to find a way to get back out, and then apparently didn’t realize that’s where the Skunk was, and he drove right into the water,” said Cmdr. Geoff Huff of the Ames Police.

Several officers jumped into the water to help the suspect, however the suspect exited the car and began running through the field.

ISU Police, Ames Police, Story County Sheriff’s Office and K-9 units from Boone all became involved in the open field chase, though the suspect was not found.

The driver was described as around 5-foot-6, with dark hair and a mustache and wearing a brown Carhartt. There is no description of the passenger at this time.

Police are still actively investigating; officers returned to the area of the crash today to look for anything that could help identify the suspect.