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Driver, passenger apprehended after Monday morning pursuit

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Edgar Sanchez
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Zachary Broken Leg
Suspect for Monday morning pursuit starting SSC, April 19

UPDATE (9:20 p.m.)

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - Officials have identified the driver involved in a pursuit through Nebraska and Iowa, Monday morning.

Woodbury County Chief Deputy Tony Wingert confirms to KTIV that 29-year-old Edgar Sanchez was arrested shortly after 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon in an area just north of Hornick, Iowa, about 12 hours after he fled from officers in South Sioux City.

Sanchez is charged with eluding, interference with official acts, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of burglary tools. He's being held in the Woodbury County Jail on $12,600 bond.

UPDATE (3 p.m.)

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - Charges have been filed against the passenger of a vehicle that led authorities on a pursuit in both Nebraska and Iowa.

According to court documents, 24-year-old Zachary Broken Leg has been charged with interference with official acts, drug possession and carrying a concealed and dangerous weapon.

Court documents say early Monday morning Broken Leg and another individual were seen attempting to steal catalytic converters off of a vehicle.

When law enforcement approached the two men allegedly got into a vehicle and left the area. As they were fleeing the area, their vehicle hit a South Sioux City police officer, who only suffered minor injuries.

Broken Leg was a passenger in the vehicle as it was pursued by authorities.

Court documents say Nebraska law enforcement pursued the vehicle into Sioux City where they lost the vehicle near the Morningside Avenue exit on the 520 bypass.

An officer eventually found the vehicle on Old Highway 141 near Carrol Avenue and began to pursue the vehicle again. During the pursuit, the vehicle failed to navigate the corner at 300th Street and Old Highway 141, just north of Hornick, and went into a ditch.

Authorities say the two men were told by a pursuing officer to remain in the vehicle, but Broken Leg allegedly exited the vehicle so the driver could get out since the driver-side door was unusable. Broken Leg was taken into custody after the crash while the driver fled on foot.

Several hours later at about 2 p.m., the driver was apprehended a half-mile away from the crash. No additional information has been released about the driver's identity at this time.

When Broken Leg was arrested, authorities say they found in his possession brass knuckles that were located in the front right pocket of his pants and he had no concealed carry permit. He also appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine.

Inside the vehicle, officers found a firearm that appeared to have the serial number filed off. It was determined the firearm was stolen out of Aurora, Colorado.

"I can't tell you how proud I am of the effort that everybody put into this and that it was a safe ending. As we know from what happened in Grundy Center a week ago, these things don't always turn out with everybody going home and so I thank God that everybody is safe today and that we all go home," said Woodbury County Sheriff Chad Sheehan.

Broken Leg was taken to the Woodbury County Jail, where he was issued a $6,500 bond.

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - Authorities are reporting the driver involved with an early morning pursuit Monday has been apprehended.

Authorities say the individual was found hiding under a tree near a creek about a half-mile south of the crash where the pursuit ended.

"This afternoon our detectives were able to get some new information that led us to that area. We were able to get another perimeter set up specifically for that area. We called in a K-9 and once we had enough people in place we started to do a search," said Woodbury County Sheriff Chad Sheehan.

No additional information on the suspect has been released at this time. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - Police have released photos and videos of an incident that started in South Sioux City, Nebraska and led to a pursuit that ended in Woodbury County.

The South Sioux City Police Department says at about 2 a.m. an officer observed two suspects attempting to steal a catalytic converted from a local business.

Police say the suspect refused to cooperate with the officer and fled to a vehicle. During the confrontation the officer was struck by the vehicle as it was leaving the area.

A pursuit started and went into Iowa. The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle and the passenger in Hornick, Iowa. The driver has not been located.

The driver appears to be a Native American or Asian male wearing a black baseball hat, gray shirt, gray zip-up hoodie, black pants and black shoes.

According to the SSCPD's Facebook page, the officer struck was seen by medical personnel and is doing good. The officer completed his shift and went home.

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WOODBURY COUNTY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Law enforcement in Woodbury County are searching for a suspect involved in an early morning chase. Another suspect has been taken into custody.

Woodbury County Sheriff Chad Sheehan tells KTIV the chase began after a South Sioux City Police officer was struck by the vehicle the suspects were in. The officer is expected to recover.

The chase ended near 300 Street and Old Highway 141 in Woodbury County. Residents in Holly Springs and Hornick need to be on alert. People are asked to avoid the area while the search continues.

The suspect is a man, last seen wearing black pants, a grey zip-up hoodie, and a black ball cap.

The chase started in South Sioux City, went into Sioux City, and then into Woodbury County.

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