Bloomfield Police Chief Shawn Armstrong reported two incidents of drivers fleeing law enforcement on Jan 1 and 2.
On Jan. 1 a truck stolen in Pulaski was observed on Highway 2 and refused to pull over. “The vehicle fled west on Walnut Street and two occupants jumped out of the vehicle while it was in motion,” Armstrong said.
“The truck continued to roll forward approximately two and a half blocks before striking a tree in the 900 block of West Walnut Street.”
Sheriff Dave Davis said he and several deputies responded to Armstrong’s call for assistance in the incident. Deputy Josh Sinnott located and arrested the passenger, Austin Ryan Decker of Fort Madison. Armstrong issued charges against Decker, who was taken into custody.
The other subject, the driver, was identified as Austin Triplet from Pulaski. He was still at large on Jan. 7.
The Sheriff’s Department will file felony charges for the theft of the truck.
On Jan. 2 around noon, Officer Trent Barker attempted to pull over a vehicle that was being driven at a high rate of speed through the Bloomfield Square.
“The subject did not pull over and continued to drive in a reckless fashion,” Armstrong said. “He finally did pull over and was charged with OWI.”
The driver charged in this incident was Michael Finnewald from Missouri. Finnewald was transported to Davis County Jail.
The Sheriff’s Department also assisted with this incident.
The last few weeks have been busy ones for local law enforcement officers. Davis said arrests have been made on forgery charges. More information on those charges will be given later.
Armstrong said there was a rash of thefts shortly before Christmas when Amazon packages were taken off front porches.
“Four or five people reported stolen boxes in the northwest area of the city, but we have no leads on this yet,” Armstrong said. “People don’t always call.”
Armstrong said he hopes this is a “seasonal thing,” but he plans for the department to be better prepared to handle these types of thefts next year. “This is the first year we have had these types of thefts reported,” he said.
Armstrong advises the public to have a trusted neighbor take boxes in, have the packages delivered to work, or be around home when the packages are delivered.
The police also received a report of three tires stolen from 205 S. Madison St. on Christmas Eve. Armstrong said Luke Fowler was arrested on Christmas Day for possession of stolen property. The tires, valued at $300, were returned to the owner and Fowler was released on his own recognizance. He will appear in magistrate court at a later date.
Armstrong also reported a break-in at Hamilton Produce around 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve. “As far as we could tell, there was nothing taken. We think the alarm scared them off,” he said.