SALIX, Iowa | A police pursuit in rural Woodbury County Tuesday ended with the driver crashing the vehicle, fleeing on foot, and then plunging into a sewage lagoon, where he briefly remained submerged while trying to hide from authorities.
The driver, Justin Derby, 36, was covered head-to-toe in muck after Woodbury County Sheriff's deputies talked him into coming out of the lagoon for the city of Salix, Lt. Tony Wingert said.
Derby, of Iowa City, was charged on suspicion of driving while barred, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, reckless driving and speeding. He was taken to the Woodbury County Jail, where he remained on a $15,000 bond Tuesday.
Two of the four passengers in the vehicle were hurt in the rollover accident and were taken by ambulance to a Sioux City hospital. The other two passengers declined medical treatment. No serious injuries were reported.
The other occupants have not been identified.
Sheriff's deputies began chasing Derby at about 9 a.m. Tuesday on county Road K-45 after he failed to stop for a traffic violation near Sloan.
During the chase, Derby's vehicle reached speeds of up to 117 mph. While headed northbound on the road, also known as Old Highway 75, Derby lost control and the vehicle rolled over near Poplar Street, east of Salix.
Wingert said Derby exited the vehicle and fled on foot to the northeast, where the suspect jumped into the lagoon.
The Iowa State Patrol is assisting with the ongoing investigation.