Two Omaha men identified as possible suspects in a motel robbery were injured early Friday after a high-speed chase and crash in western Iowa.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said the America’s Best Value Inn at Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 71 near Atlantic was robbed just before midnight. A short time later, troopers with the Iowa State Patrol spotted a car thought to be involved in the robbery at the Minden exit on I-80.
The driver fled from troopers, heading west on Interstate 680 at speeds reaching 130 mph and then south on Interstate 29, authorities said.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office deputies used stop sticks to partially disable the fleeing vehicle on I-29 just north of Council Bluffs near Crescent.
Authorities said the Omahans then attempted to cross west into Nebraska but failed to negotiate the I-29/I-680 interchange and lost control of the vehicle, which rolled several times in the median.
Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren said the men were driving a passenger sedan with Florida plates. McLaren said he didn’t know if the sedan had been stolen.
The men had to be cut free from the vehicle, authorities said. One was taken to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha with critical injuries, the other was taken to a Council Bluffs hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
McLaren said robbery charges were pending against the men, whose names have not yet been released.
The Iowa State Patrol, Cass County Sheriff's Office and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office were assisted by the Audubon County Sheriff's Office, the Council Bluffs Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, the Missouri Valley Police Department, the Council Bluffs Fire Department, the Crescent Fire Department, and the Omaha Police Department and its gang unit and helicopter.