The Tuesday chase involving the Iowa State Patrol and local law enforcement trying to stop 21-year-old Wade Hiatt of Truro is the stuff of local lore.
After a long and dangerous pursuit through Marion, Mahaska and Monroe counties, the alleged pick-up thief was arrested after knocking on the door of retired Iowa State Trooper Rick Weidman on Highway 5 near the Monroe County Fairgrounds.
Talk about some bad luck.
In an interview Lt. Jalas of the Mount Pleasant Iowa State Patrol Division Headquarters, law enforcement started looking for Hiatt in Clarke County. A report of a person driving a pick-up wrecklessly near Pella led Pella police to the city limits where Marion County deputies gave chase. Apparently he eluded Marion County officers, was picked up again by Mahaska County officers near the Eveland Access, eluded them, was picked up by state troopers and entered Monroe County on gravel.
Monroe County sheriff’s deputies and Albia Police officers had moved to intercept the pick-up before it reached Albia.
Hiatt got on the “K” road north of Albia and crashed the pick-up near the old sale barn as he approached Highway 5.
The State Patrol said he got out of the pick-up and tried to elude officers on foot, ending up at the home of retired State Patrol Trooper Rick Weidman.
According to Lt. Jalas, Hiatt asked to use the phone, Weidman invited him in and called 911.
Monroe County Deputy Todd Stewart arrived at Weidman’s home and made the arrest.
Hiatt is still at the Monroe County Jail facing charges from at least four counties, as well as state charges that include interference with official acts, multiple counts of speeding, wreckless driving and stop sign violations as well as criminal mischief and driving while suspended.