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Teen in jail after high speed chase of stolen car in Iowa and Nebraska pursuit audio


By matt@siouxlandscanner.com Updated on Friday, March 16 2018 06:16pm

Gunnar Lee Kratz, 18
Damage to Iowa State Patrol car from pursuit

A 2006 Silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo was stolen from South Sioux City Nebraska about 10:30 pm on Thursday evening, March 15th. Iowa State Patrol attempted to stop the vehicle for reckless driving and speeding 60 MPH in a 50 MPH zone in Sioux City about 2:45 am Friday when the driver took off leading multiple agencies on a high-speed pursuit that went through Iowa and Nebraska before ending near Fall and Alberta Avenue on Sioux City's Eastside about 3:10 am.



Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies including Woodbury County Sheriff, Sioux City Police and, South Sioux City Police all assisted Iowa State Patrol in the pursuit.

The pursuit started South on Interstate 29 reaching speeds of 100MPH then back North on I29 at Floyd Boulevard before going into South Sioux City down Dakota Avenue and then onto Highway 20 and back into Iowa. The driver took the Lakeport Exit in Sioux City where they sped around the Southern Hills Mall parking lot before going North on Lakeport at speeds of 80MPH to Glenn Avenue, where they then went West on Glenn Avenue to Highway 75. Once North on Highway 75, the vehicle ran over spike strips at Dace Avenue where the tires began to deteriorate. Once they reached 18th street they went East before coming to a stop after getting stuck in the mud near Alberta and Hall Avenue. Where the driver and two passengers were taken into custody.

The driver 18-year-old Gunnar Lee Kratz had a suspended license and it was determined by a Drug Recognition Expert he was under the influence of a stimulant, he later admitted to using methamphetamines hours before the pursuit. Kratz was charged with Felony Eluding, Thefts 2nd and OWI. He's being held on $15,000 Bond in Woodbury County Jail.

Gunnar Kratz is out on $10,000 Bond in Plymouth County for numerous charges in January 2018 including, 1st Degree Theft, Ongoing Criminal Conduct, Conspiracy to Commit Felony, and Probation Violation.