MOVILLE, Iowa -- An unidentified man was taken to a Sioux City hospital Friday, after he flipped his vehicle on a rural Woodbury County road after robbing a bank about 20 miles away in Moville, Iowa.
Sheriff Dave Drew said the suspect was taken to Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City with serious injuries. The crash occurred near Salix about two hours after he reportedly robbed United Bank of Iowa in Moville, just before 12:30 p.m.
The suspect, described as a male about 50 years old, escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. Authorities searched for the man, who was observed driving a black BMW sedan, which law enforcement later learned was reported stolen from Polk County.
The suspect was trying to change a flat tire on Port Neal Road when the BMW sent out a “ping,” alerting authorities to the vehicle's location, Woodbury County Sheriff's Office Major Tony Wingert said. When officers arrived and tried to detain the man, he fled in the vehicle.
During the pursuit by sheriff's deputies and Iowa State Patrol officers, the suspect reached a speed of 90 miles per hour before he lost control of the vehicle after crossing rail tracks about a mile north of Salix. The vehicle flipped and rolled on 260th Street, a gravel road, and landed upside-down in the yard of a rural acreage. Emergency crews extricated the suspect from the vehicle and then transported him to Mercy.
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Prior to his capture, Drew's office released a photo of the man from the United Bank of Iowa surveillance camera. The bank is located on South First Street, also known as Iowa Highway 140.
No weapons were used in the robbery and no bank employees were hurt.
Just after 4 p.m., Drew tweeted his regards for how law enforcement performed on the day. He wrote, "Great team effort of apprehending bank robber within 2 hours of incident. @iowastatepatrol @WoodburySheriff, Moville PD, Sergeant Bluff PD @iowadot MVE. #ThinBlueLine always works as a TEAM!"
Drew also thanked the Salix ambulance crew volunteers for responding to the crash on short notice.
Journal reporter Mason Dockter contributed to this story.