BREAKING NEWS: Algona man, D.C. woman arrested after crash


The red Chevrolet Impala in the above photo led Humboldt County Law Enforcement on a brief high-speed chase through the city streets of Humboldt shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, Oct. 20. Eric Humphrey, 33, of Algona, and Jacey Vodraska, 18, of Dakota City, were apprehended after their vehicle crashed into three other vehicles. No one was seriously hurt. Check the Humboldt Independent newspaper for more details. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
An Algona man in a red Chevrolet Impala led Humboldt Police, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol on a brief but intense high-speed chase in the town of Humboldt Friday afternoon, shortly after 3:30 p.m.
At approximately 3:35 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputy Cory Lampe observed the Chevrolet Impala at the Hardee's drive-thru in Humboldt. He recognized the driver of the vehicle to be Eric Humphrey, 33, of Algona, and knew there was a warrant for his arrest in Kossuth County. Upon attempting to stop the vehicle at Hardee's, the driver in the vehicle fled, leading authorities on a high-speed chase in the community.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Lampe, Sheriff's Deputy Matt Steil, Sheriff Dean Kruger and Humboldt Police Officers Brad Thiele and Erin Bennett gave chase, along with Iowa State Patrol Trooper Kyle Kluender and Sheriff's Deputy Roger Bennett, neither of whom were on duty at the time. The subject traveled on several city streets both north and south of Sumner Avenue.
The incident ended when the Impala went the wrong way on A Street and entered Sumner Avenue, striking an eastbound black Ford crossover, and then spun around and struck a parked Dodge sport utility vehicle.
Lampe and Thiele were able to hem in the Impala and the driver struck the left front fender of Lampe’s sheriff’s deputy pickup before coming to rest.
There were no significant injuries in conjunction with the traffic accident. The Iowa State Patrol is still completing its report.
Both Humphrey and a passenger, Jacey Vodraska, 18, of Dakota City, were taken into custody. Both subjects reported to authorities of a loaded handgun in the car, which was discovered. The handgun was later discovered to have been stolen from a Humboldt residence on Sept. 20. Humphrey was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Humphrey was booked into the Humboldt County Jail and charged with possession of a firearm as a domestic abuser, a class D felony; eluding, a class D felony; possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a serious misdemeanor; driving while license suspended, a simple misdemeanor; reckless driving, a simple misdemeanor; driving the wrong way on a one-way street, a simple misdemeanor; nine counts of failure to obey a stop sign, all simple misdemeanors. Additional charges are pending when tests at the DCI Laboratory are complete.
Vodraska was charged with introducing contraband into a correctional facility, a class D felony; possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a serious misdemeanor.
According to Iowa Courts Online, no further details about the court appearance of the two accused is available.
Look for more details about this incident in this week's Humboldt Independent newspaper. Subscribe to the digital or print editions by clicking on the subscribe link at the top of this page.

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