COUNCIL BLUFFS — A Harlan man was arrested Sunday after a chase on Interstate 80 and other roads.
Authorities arrested Kolten Kobold, 20, near Shelby after a deputy caused the suspect to lose control of his white Toyota pickup truck, according to Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker.
A deputy had pulled the pickup truck over about 3:30 a.m. Sunday for a missing taillight on northbound U.S. Highway 59 in Avoca. The female driver admitted she didn’t have a driver’s license, Danker said. Kobold was a passenger in the vehicle.
After the deputy determined that Kobold didn’t have a license, either, the deputy took the woman to his cruiser to gather more information.
Kobold slid behind the wheel and took off, Danker said. The deputy had the woman get out of the cruiser before beginning the pursuit.
From the highway, Kobold entered I-80 westbound and threw a bag that burst open, sending a white powdery substance flying, Danker said.
Kobold left I-80, traveling on Tamarack Road before heading north on 400th Street, where he entered a cornfield, traveling parallel to I-80. He then turned north, drove through a fence and entered eastbound I-80 going the wrong way.
The deputy pursued briefly before Kobold crossed the median to westbound I-80, took the Shelby exit and traveled north on County Road M16. Kobold nearly hit a Shelby County deputy’s cruiser before the Pottawattamie County deputy used a maneuver to stop Kobold’s vehicle.
Kobold was charged with eluding, reckless driving, excessive speed and other traffic violations. He also had a Shelby County warrant for theft.
Kobold was free Monday after posting $7,000 bail, divided between the Pottawattamie and Shelby County Jails.
Danker said authorities couldn’t find any evidence of the alleged powdery substance on the Interstate. The woman has not been charged. The investigation continues.