SIOUX CITY | A Pender, Neb., man is in jail and a Sioux City police vehicle is in need of repairs after a high-speed pursuit Friday morning, police said.
At about 3:20 a.m., officers responded to the 3700 block of Jackson Street for a report of a suspicious vehicle, said Sioux City police Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick. When they arrived the suspect, Chad Hughes, took off and headed west, he said.
Hughes, 31, fled north on Hamilton Boulevard and then east on Outer Drive with officers in pursuit, Kirkpatrick said. He then drove north on Highway 75 at speeds in excess of 90 mph, he said.
While on the highway, Hughes’ front right tire exploded, Kirkpatrick said, but he maintained his speed.
“At one point as he approached C-80 he lost the front wheel rim, which struck the center of a squad car’s windshield,” Kirkpatrick said.
Damage to the squad car is estimated to be $2,000, Kirkpatrick said, and the driving officer was uninjured.
Officers used a PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuver on Hughes’ vehicle, ending the car chase, Kirkpatrick said. Hughes then ran into a cornfield east of the highway but was tracked down with the help of a police dog.
Hughes is charged with felony eluding, operating while intoxicated and possession of methamphetamine. He also faces misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs and two counts of failure to stop at a stop sign.
He is currently in custody at the Woodbury County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.