SIOUX CITY -- A man arrested in connection with a Moville, Iowa, bank robbery has pleaded not guilty to stealing the car driven while fleeing from authorities.
Brendon Reed, 42, of Sioux City, entered his written plea Monday in Woodbury County District Court to first-degree theft. The charge carries a habitual offender enhancement because of Reed's past felony convictions. The enhancement increases a potential prison sentence to 15 years.
Reed was arrested March 30 after he flipped a stolen BMW during a police pursuit near Salix, Iowa. He is suspected of robbing the United Bank of Iowa in Moville earlier in the day. Authorities said an undisclosed amount of cash was taken during the robbery. No weapons were used and there were no injuries.
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Authorities spotted a driver later identified as Reed driving the BMW, which had been reported stolen in Polk County. Iowa State Patrol troopers found Reed trying to change a flat tire on a rural Woodbury County road, but he sped away when they approached him. Chase speeds reached 90 mph before Reed lost control of the car on a gravel road about a mile north of Salix.
Reed had to be extricated from the car, which came to rest on its top, and was transported to a Sioux City hospital for treatment before he was taken to the Woodbury County Jail.