Sioux City Man Charged With Motor Vehicle Theft Following I-29 Accident

Jeffery R. Pratt
Monona County Sheriff

This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is being distributed on behalf of the Monona County Sheriff's Office as a result of the Division of Criminal Investigation's assistance to local authorities in this case.


December 27, 2020

ONAWA, Iowa - On December 27 at 1:50 a.m., the Monona County Communications center received a call of an accident involving injuries and possible shot fired at the 118 mile marker of I-29.  Arriving officers found an accident scene involving a motorcycle and pickup, and during the investigation found that a subject had fired a gun at another vehicle while travelling down I-29.

The occupant of the pickup truck had fled the scene and later it was reported that someone had stolen a pickup from a farm residence close to the accident scene.  That pickup was found a short distance from the farm residence wrecked. The suspect then went to another residence where he stole another pickup and fled the area.  The suspect was caught in Sioux City in possession of the stolen pickup.

The suspect, Jayme R. Powell, age 39 of Sioux City, was arrested and has been charged with two counts of motor vehicle theft, and is currently being held in the Monona County Jail. The investigation is on-going and more charges may be filed at a later date.

The Monona County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux City Police Department, Onawa Police Department, Mapleton Police Department, Monona County Attorney’s Office, Whiting Fire and Rescue, Wings Air-Care and the Burgess Health Center Ambulance

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