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Estherville Police Department
Monday January 20th, 2014 :: 03:48 p.m. CST


Estherville Man Arrested Following Pursuit

Estherville, IA – On Sunday January 19, 2014 at 5:15 a.m., the Emmet County Communication Center 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 pick-up that Mr. Andrews reported stolen.

The officers were able to catch up to the vehicle north of Estherville on Highway 4 just north of Alexander Road. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle; however, the suspect continued to travel north to the intersection of Highway 4 North and 150th Street where the driver stopped the vehicle. Officers confirmed that the vehicle was the stolen truck registered to Michael Andrews. Prior to officers approaching the suspect 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 Estherville police department vehicle again in the right front of the squad car 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. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Department charged Cohrs with Eluding a Law Enforcement (Class D Felony), 2nd Offense O.W.I. (Aggravated Misdemeanor), and Failure to Obey Stop Sign. The Sheriff’s Department also assisted with the filing of the crash reports.

Estherville Police charge Cohrs with Theft 2nd Degree of a Motor Vehicle (Class D Felony), Criminal Mischief 1st Degree (Class C Felony), Eluding a Law Enforcement Vehicle (Class D Felony), Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree (Class D Felony), 2 Counts of Assault on a Police Officer (Class D Felony), Excessive Speed 91 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone (Simple Misdemeanor), and Failure to Obey a Stop Sign (Simple Misdemeanor).

During the investigation of the stolen vehicle, officers determined that Cohrs commited several other crimes prior to taking the truck. Cohrs entered the property of another on 5th Avenue North and caused damage to the porch area. He then went to another residence where he slammed a shovel into a picture window causing considerable damage. Cohrs then went to yet another residence where it is alleged that he entered a garage and removed several items. As a result of that investigation, Cohrs was additionally charged with 5th Degree Criminal Mischief (Simple Misdemeanor), 2nd Criminal Mischief (Class C Felony) and Burglary 3rd Degree (Class D Felony).

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

Estherville Police would like commend the citizens and law enforcement officers for their assistance in this case and to remind everyone to lock their doors, windows, garages, and vehicles to protect themselves from criminals. Also if you see anything out of the ordinary in your neighborhood, call the police department as soon as possible so that officers are able to investigate immediately. You can reach the police at 712-362-3515 or by calling 911 during an emergency.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven in a court of law.

Estherville Police Department
114 North 6th Street
Estherville, IA 51334

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 712-362-3515

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