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Spencer, IA man injures himself during pursuit

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MARATHON, Iowa (KTIV) - A police pursuit through Buena Vista and Pocahontas counties ends with a totaled garage and the suspect in the hospital.

The Pocahontas County Sheriff's office reports that 32-year-old Jordan Walbaum of Spencer, Iowa led deputies on a pursuit from Laurens to Marathon Monday between 3 and 4 p.m.

Walbaum was wanted after allegedly stealing a Chevy Pickup from Spencer, Iowa.

Investigators were able to track Walbaum to Laurens using the stolen pickup's OnStar GPS. Walbaum refused to stop and he led authorities on a chase westward on Highway 10.

During the chase, Walbaum was observed throwing items out of his vehicle. Authorities later identified those items as methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Eventually, Walbaum entered an alleyway in Marathon and authorities were able to lock Walbaum inside the vehicle using OnStar Control. According to police, Walbaum panicked and jumped from the window of the moving vehicle. Police say his legs were run over in the process.

The vehicle, still in drive, continued onward hitting two other cars and crashing into a garage. Pocahontas deputies report significant damage.

Walbaum was able to continue onward and fled on foot. He was taken into custody inside a nearby home.

Walbaum was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported. Charges are pending.

According to Pocahontas Sheriff, a warrant was already out for Walbaum after a confrontation with police on Saturday.

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