A chase that started in Story City last Friday night (May 24) was terminated after it came into Nevada along Lincoln Highway around 11:10 p.m.


Law enforcement officials involved say that chases are often “terminated” for different reasons, one being safety factors. Termination means this chase did not end with an apprehension of the driver and/or an immediate arrest.


It all started when a Story City officer attempted to stop a red Ford Ranger at 10:44 p.m.


According to Story City Police Chief Matt Sporleder, the officer was trying to make a stop inside city limits at the corner of Market and Washington streets. The stop was initiated because the officer observed careless driving.


When the subject in the vehicle failed to stop, it turned into a chase that led Story City officers south out of Story City on 550th Avenue. Two Story City officers were involved in the chase, which, Sporleder said, continued through Roland and McCallsburg on E18.


Capt. Nick Lennie of the Story County Sheriff’s Office said his officers were listening on their radios and the first Sheriff’s deputies joined the chase near 150th and 650th, south of McCallsburg. Eventually, four sheriff’s deputies were involved in the pursuit, which came down from McCallsburg, into Nevada along Lincolnway.


Lennie said at the time that the chase was terminated, officers had a name and knew the vehicle. “If we already know the person, there’s no sense in causing more risk,” he said.


Sporleder declined to give the suspect’s name on Monday afternoon. “Charges are pending; we’re still trying to piece together exactly what we have and what kind of charges (will be filed),” he said. “I need to talk to other officers.”


Sporleder said his Story City officers don’t get involved in very many cases, but the goal is always safety. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt.”