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Storm Lake Man Arrested Nearly One Month After Leading Authorities on a High-Speed Chase

December 17, 2021 1:16pm

A Storm Lake man who led officers on a high-speed chase nearly one month ago was arrested this week in Woodbury County.

According to the Storm Lake Police Department, on the afternoon of November 22nd, an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 110 and Marina Road in Storm Lake. The driver of the vehicle was recognized by the officer as 26-year-old Bidong Yak of Storm Lake. The officer was aware that Yak was wanted on a parole violation warrant through the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Police allege that as the officer approached the vehicle, Yak accelerated and fled in the vehicle from the traffic stop. Police then initiated a pursuit with the vehicle westbound on county road C-65 into Cherokee County, reaching speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. The pursuit was abandoned by Storm Lake Police in Cherokee County, and the suspect vehicle continued westbound through Cherokee County. Storm Lake Police subsequently applied for warrants for Yak in response to the pursuit.

On Monday of this week, Storm Lake Police were notified that Yak was located in Sioux City and was taken into custody. Yak was subsequently booked into the Woodbury County Jail on warrants related to the incident. He was charged with Eluding 2nd or Subsequent Offense and Driving While Barred, both aggravated misdemeanors...as well as Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle, Speeding, Reckless Driving, and Unsafe Passing, which are all simple misdemeanors.

Yak was being held in the Woodbury County Jail, pending extradition to Storm Lake.