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Good Samaritan offers aid, has car stolen

By David Hotle | Jun 28, 2017



The Washington County Communication Center reports a Davenport man stole the vehicle of a Good Samaritan who had stopped to help him this morning after an accident is in the Washington County Jail after being caught in Hills.

John Patrick DeWispelaere, 32, of Davenport, is charged with OWI second offense, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, operating without owner’s consent, second-degree theft, no insurance accident related, improper use of lanes, and failure to maintain control.

According to Washington County chief deputy Shawn Ellingson, DeWispelaer had wrecked his vehicle on G36, going into a ditch and striking a tree. Ellingson said a passerby had stopped to help him. As the two were sorting out the damage, DeWispelaere allegedly took the passerby’s car and exited the scene with it.

“The subject took off eastbound on 220th, which is G36, and then northbound on 218,” Ellingson said. “We had deputies responding. Chief (Greg) Goodman with the police department responded. We also had Johnson County and some state troopers. We were able to locate him at a gas station in Hills, where he was arrested. There was no damage to the car. Apparently the car he stole was about out of gas.”

Ellingson said he believed the car that was wrecked had belonged to DeWispelaere.

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies had stopped DeWispelaere in Hills. Washington County investigator Sgt. Chad Ellis had taken DeWispelaere into custody in Hills.

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