The Ottumwa Courier


July 14, 2013

Car slams into home; suspect flees on foot


"I have trouble taking that curve at 30 mph, so at 80 mph ... there's no way," she said. "And I don't know how he missed these trees.

"He didn't drive; he flew."

After the crash, Wiseman said the suspect got out of the driver's side door, slid across the hood and began to run from police, sprinting down Adella Street and then west on Burrhus Street, all the while ditching his hat and backpack.

Ableman was arrested at his home, a couple blocks from where the truck was stolen, at 12:36 a.m. Thursday by Ottumwa officers. He is being held in Wapello County Jail on $10,000 standard bond.

McAndrew said the squad car video from the attempted traffic stop and the following accident will be reviewed with new police officer recruits to demonstrate how to handle a situation where a potential chase could develop.

He also said no one in the Chester Avenue home sustained any injuries.

— To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.

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