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BREAKING NEWS

Former resident faces several charges

By Staff | Jul 21, 2009

The Estherville Police Department filed several charges against the driver of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation on July 18, at about 2 p.m. in the 2200 Block of Third Avenue South.

An officer on patrol was checking vehicles for speed and observed a vehicle traveling 12 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. The driver of vehicle was also determined to be driving without a valid driver license. The suspect was identified as, 27-year-old, Beau Berge formerly of Estherville and currently showing an address in West Des Moines. Berge was removed from the vehicle and advised he was under arrest when he ran from officers attempting to affect the arrest. Following a short foot pursuit of the suspect by officers, Berge was taken into custody without incident.

During the impound of Berge’s vehicle, Estherville police officers with the assistance of K-9 “Max”, located several items of drug paraphernalia, as well as, a quantity of a controlled substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine.

Officers also located a laptop computer that had the markings of the Estherville Lincoln Central School on it. Officers later determined that the laptop and a video projector and a camera, with a combined value of $3,400 that were in Berge’s vehicle had all been stolen from the school at an earlier date.

Berge was placed in the Emmet County Jail on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a Class C Felony, escape from custody, a serious misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, and interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.

Berge was seen the following morning by the Emmet County Magistrate and placed on a bond of $66,950.00 cash or surety. Berge remains in the Emmet County Jail.

Officers later filed a charge of possession of stolen property, a Class D Felony, for the stolen items. Berge has not appeared on that charge at this time. Berge was also given traffic citations for excessive speed and no insurance.

Captain Brent Shatto commends the officers for their efforts to keep Estherville a safe place by taking this suspect off of the streets. As always, all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in court.