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STORM LAKE, Iowa | On Tuesday afternoon, the Storm Lake Police Department was advised by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department that a wanted person was traveling to Storm Lake.

Raymond Kerns, 36, of Quimby, Iowa, was on his way to a Storm Lake business. According to a press release, Kerns was wanted out of several Iowa counties and had a history of violence and being armed.

Around 2:45 p.m., a surveillance team saw Kerns driving in the 600 block of Geneseo Street. SLPD patrol officers, investigators and members of the SLPD Tactical Entry Team converged on the area. 

As Kerns approached the intersection of West Fifth Street southbound on Geneseo Street, his path was blocked by Storm Lake Police vehicles. Kerns allegedly accelerated in reverse, spinning his vehicle 180 degrees and attempted to go northbound on Geneseo Street, at which time another police vehicle blocked his escape route. A second police vehicle struck Kerns’ vehicle from the rear, pinning it in.

Officers approached Kerns’ vehicle and broke out a passenger side window, removed him and took him into custody without further incident.

Kerns was wanted out of Cherokee and Ida Counties on warrants for contempt of court. He was also wanted out of Pottawattamie County on a warrant stemming from a probation violation. 

Police seized over $2,300 in cash from Kerns and executed a search warrant on his vehicle, where methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and other evidence were seized.

Kerns was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on the three outstanding, out-of-county warrants and was additionally charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine (a class C felony), possession of marijuana third and subsequent (a class D felony), driving while revoked (a serious misdemeanor), possession of drug paraphernalia, interference with official acts, reckless driving and open container (all simple misdemeanors). 

He was held without bond.

The vehicle operated by Kerns sustained roughly $1,500 in damage. One Storm Lake Police vehicle sustained roughly $500 in damage.

No injuries were reported.


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