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Howard County Man Arrested After Fleeing Iowa, Minnesota Law Enforcement

A Howard County man has been arrested after he tried to flee law enforcement in north Iowa and southern Minnesota.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect, 28-year-old John Laganiere of Lime Springs, was first observed Wednesday night operating a motorcycle in Chester and he was known to have a barred drivers license along with active arrest warrants. A deputy attempted a traffic stop, but Laganiere sped away on a pursuit spanning across many of the county roads in the Chester and Lime Springs area. The pursuit ended when the motorcycle ran out of gas a few miles into Minnesota northwest of Granger. 

Howard County has charged Laganiere with driving while barred, eluding, reckless driving, and numerous traffic citations. He was also charged by the Fillmore County Minnesota Sheriff’s Office for fleeing a peace officer with a motor vehicle, driving after revocation, and operating a vehicle carelessly on a street or highway. 

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office says Laganiere also had an active warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of driving while barred out of Howard County, plus warrants from Tama County, Iowa and Mower County, Minnesota.  

He is currently being held in the Fillmore County Minnesota Jail and will be extradited back to Howard County at a later date. 

The Cresco Police Department, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, and Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in apprehending Laganiere.

Mark Pitz

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