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Traffic stop leads to a pursuit and fugitive apprehension.

October 20, 2021 at 8:17 am

The driver of a motor vehicle travelling southbound near MM 11 on Highway 330 failed to yield when the deputy attempted to stop him.   The driver attempted to elude law enforcement by travelling on Davidson Avenue south of Highway 330 when the driver lost control of the vehicle on the gravel roadway causing the vehicle to enter a field.  After the vehicle came to rest the driver fled the crash scene on foot. 

The driver, Matthew Sumpter, age 36, of Marshalltown, Iowa, was located several hundred yards away from the crash scene hiding in a creek bed with assistance from Jasper County Sheriff's Office UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle).  Sumpter taken into custody without further resistance.  

The pursuit covered approximately 2 miles with speeds reaching in excess of 90 miles per hour.

Sumpter was found to have one felony warrant for Probation Violation; original felony Eluding, Possession of a Controlled Substance (3rd offense) and a serious misdemeanor warrant for Probation Violation, original Eluding law enforcement out of Marshall County.

Additional criminal charges are pending for Operating While Intoxicated (drugged), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Felony Eluding as the investigation continues.  Sumpter was transported to the Marshall County Jail, where he remains in custody.

Assistance was also provided by the Iowa State Patrol, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Melbourne and Rhodes First Responders, and Unity Point Ambulance Service.

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