Two arrested after traffic stop turns to pursuit

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

LE MARS — Two people were arrested after what started as a traffic stop in Le Mars turned into a pursuit and ended in Sheldon.

At approximately 2:04 a.m., Monday, Sept. 19, a Le Mars Police Officer initiated a traffic stop at Hawkeye Avenue and 18th Street Southwest for a traffic violation. The vehicle failed to yield to the officer’s emergency lights and sirens.

A pursuit ensued northbound on Highway 75 eventually coming to a stop at mile marker 32 near Sheldon. Officers from the Sheldon Police Department deployed stop sticks just south of Sheldon causing the tires on the suspect vehicle to deflate and the suspects were taken into custody.

According a Le Mars Police Department press release, after further investigation it was determined the suspect vehicle had been reported stolen on Sept. 18, in Colorado.

The driver of the vehicle, Esteban Valdiva-Nunez, 40, of New Mexico was placed under arrest for felony eluding, theft 1st degree, operating while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, provide false identification information to law enforcement, no valid driver’s license, speeding and fail to obey traffic control device.

The passenger in the vehicle, Cynthia Estrada, 33, of Mexico was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both suspects were transported to the Plymouth County Jail without incident.

The Le Mars Police Department was assisted by the Orange City Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Sheldon Police Department and O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

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