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Oelwein Man Arrested After Standoff with Law Enforcement

An Oelwein man was arrested after a two-hour standoff with law enforcement early Friday morning.

The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office says the eventual arrest of 42-year-old Joshua Smith started with a report at about 5:30 a.m. Friday of an erratic driver on 260th Street, east of Denver. When deputies arrived on scene, the driver, Smith, fled on foot into nearby fields. A search later located Smith hiding inside a truck at a residence in the 2700 block of Navaho Avenue. Authorities say that after nearly a two-hour standoff, chemical agents were deployed and Smith was taken into custody without further incident. 

Smith was charged with third-degree burglary – second offense – a Class D felony; interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor; and driving while license revoked. 

The Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation, Denver Police Department, Denver Ambulance Service, and Bremer County Dispatch also assisted with the apprehension of Smith.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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