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Estherville man faces multiple charges following pursuit

By Staff | Jan 21, 2014

Joshua R. Cohrs

An Estherville man is facing multiple charges after stealing a vehicle, leading officers on a high-speed pursuit and ramming a police car.

According to the police release, on Sunday at 5:15 a.m., police received a 911 call from Michael Andrews of 902 North 15th Street in Estherville reporting that his vehicle had just been stolen from his driveway. Officers responded to the area and noticed a vehicle several blocks away matching the description of the stolen pick-up.

The officers were able to catch up to the vehicle north of Estherville on Highway 4. The suspect continued to travel north to the intersection of Highway 4 North and 150th Street where he stopped the vehicle. The suspect put the stolen truck in reverse and rammed the squad car causing damage to the front of the car. He then fled at a high rate of speed, continuing northbound on Highway 4 with officers in pursuit. The pursuit continued to County Road A17 where the suspect turned left and continued westbound. The suspect crossed the intersection of County Road A17 and N26 without stopping and continued to a rural farm yard. The suspect drove through the yard and was coming out of the farm drive as the Estherville officers were pulling into the farm drive. The suspect intentionally rammed the police vehicle again in the right front disabling it.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Department had been assisting with the pursuit and a deputy was able to take over the pursuit of the stolen vehicle. The suspect came out of the farm drive, entered the north ditch, drove out onto the roadway and went back to the east on A17. The suspect lost control of the stolen truck again and entered the south ditch and then re-entered the roadway again. The suspect and vehicle then turned South onto N26 and headed back toward Estherville. The suspect turned on to West 14th Avenue North in Estherville and was pursued to 801 West 8th Avenue North where he entered the driveway attempting to elude the deputy. The deputy was able to take the suspect into custody without incident.

The suspect was identified as Joshua R. Cohrs, age 30, of Estherville. Cohrs was booked in the Emmet County Jail charges of second degree theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of eluding a law enforcement vehicle, second degree criminal mischief and two counts of assault on a police officer, a call class D felonies. He was also charged with first-degree criminal mischief, a class C felony, O.W.I-second offense, excessive speed and two counts of failure to obey a stop sign.

During the investigation, officers determined that Cohrs committed several other crimes prior to taking the truck. Cohrs was additionally charged with second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree burglary and fifth degree criminal mischief.

Cohrs was booked into the Emmet County Jail on all of the charges. He made an initial appearance before a county magistrate and remains in the Emmet County Jail with a bond of $10,000 cash or surety.