SPENCER, Iowa | Authorities tased a Laurens, Iowa, man to subdue him after he led them on a chase in a stolen truck and then fled from the scene on foot Thursday evening. 

Blaine Stockwell, 33, was charged with first-degree theft, assault on a peace officer, felon in possession of a firearm, and a handful of other charges, according to a news release from the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

The release said authorities received a 911 call Thursday that a vehicle had been spotted with stolen license plates from Boone County. A Clay County deputy found the 2016 Ford F-150 in the 4400 block of Highway 71 and began following it. The release said Stockwell, who was driving the vehicle, began driving recklessly and failed to stop when the deputy initiated a traffic stop.

The pursuit continued into Buena Vista County and then Palo Alto County, and Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement arrived to assist. Authorities deployed stop sticks, and the truck came to a halt in the 4600 block of 380th Avenue in Palo Alto County.

Stockwell then fled on foot into a cornfield and was confronted by officers. After refusing to follow commands, officers tased him and he was taken without incident by Spencer Ambulance to Spencer Hospital. He was then released and transported to Clay County Jail. 

The vehicle, which was stolen out of Algona, Iowa, caught fire and was a total loss. 

Stockwell was being held on $20,000 bond. 


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