Wayland man arrested after high-speed chase
A Wayland man has been charged with felony eluding as well as a slew of misdemeanor charges after leading Washington County sheriff’s deputies and Iowa state troopers on a high-speed chase Thursday evening that ended in Kalona.
Jordan David Sterba, 26, of Wayland, was arrested Thursday evening at Highways 1 and 22 in Kalona for speeding — 93 in a 55, felony eluding, OWI, no valid driver’s license, open container – driver, reckless driving and careless driving. Felony eluding is a Class D felony that can bring up to five years in prison. Bail has been set at $10,000.
William Joseph Lackender, 26, of Kalona, was arrested at the same time and location for public intoxication. Gabriel Lewis Epley, 23, of Kalona, was cited at the same time and location for open container.
According to court records, a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy was conducting traffic enforcement near Highway 1 and 170th Street in rural Washington County when a 2006 Chevy Malibu drove past at a high rate of speed. A radar unit showed the speed to be 93 mph in a 55 mph zone. The deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over.
“An active vehicle pursuit did ensue northbound on Highway 1 in rural Washington County at speeds of greater than 90 miles per hour,” the report read.
The report said that at a residential driveway at 1490 Highway 1, the vehicle was observed to have its headlights off and it entered the residence’s driveway, driving around the residence. The report said a passenger jumped out of the vehicle. The vehicle re-entered Highway 1, nearly striking the marked sheriff’s vehicle. The pursuit continued.
The deputy reported that the pursuit continued and at about 130th Street on Highway 1, the vehicle came to a sudden stop. The report said this was in an attempt to damage the sheriff’s vehicle.
The pursuit continued into Kalona, where an Iowa State Patrol trooper had deployed spike strips to attempt to stop the pursuit. The vehicle missed the strip and continued eastbound on Highway 22 in Kalona
At about Fourth Street and Highway 22, the vehicle was observed to abruptly move in “a manner as to indicate a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others and caused unnecessary skidding or sliding of the pursued vehicle.”
Once Streba was apprehended, officers found he had red and watery eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol was coming from his person. He failed a breath alcohol test.
The report said the Streba has a previous conviction for operating while intoxicated from May 2011.