Storm Lake Man Arrested in Traffic Stop, Foot Pursuit Incident Receives Additional Charges

A Storm Lake man who was arrested on several drug-related charges following a pursuit last week has received additional charges.

At approximately 9:45pm on June 11th, Storm Lake Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a minor violation in the 700 block of West 8th Street. The driver was identified as 38-year-old Jose Nava Fernandez. A K9 was subsequently deployed, which indicated the odor of narcotics in the vehicle. Following a search, police allegedly located an amount of marijuana inside the vehicle. As police attempted to take Nava Fernandez into custody, he fled from officers on foot into a residential area before he was ultimately caught and taken into custody. Police allege that during the foot pursuit, Nava Fernandez discarded a bag containing methamphetamine. A police officer also allegedly suffered minor bodily injuries during the incident which did not require medical treatment.

Original charges against Nava Fernandez included Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Deliver, a class B felony…Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, a class D felony. On June 11th, a search warrant was executed at a residence at 1020 Lake Avenue in connection to the incident. Police allegedly located two rifles and two handguns. Police allege Nava Fernandez had previously been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of Domestic Violence on three occasions in Buena Vista County, and is prohibited from possessing firearms.

On Wednesday of this week, Nava Fernandez was further charged with four counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person, a class D felony. He was being held in the BV County Jail on a 30-thousand dollar bond.