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Pursuit leads to arrest of Matthew Specht

On August 18th, 2018 at approximately 11:10 pm, a Plymouth County deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on Hwy 3 near Noble Ave for a traffic violation. The vehicle immediately fled north on Noble Ave to 160th St and then east. The vehicle continued to flee from law enforcement heading generally east through rural Plymouth County. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle reached speeds of 99 MPH on the gravel roads. The vehicle ran numerous stop sign during the pursuit as well. The deputy continues to follow the vehicles tails lights and dust trail but ultimately lost sight at 510th and Ave D in rural Cherokee County.


With assistance from Cherokee County, Marcus Police and the Iowa State Patrol, the vehicle was located at a residence at 5290 Ave E hidden in the groove. Officers attempted to locate the individual on the property and during the investigation determined he was hiding in the residence. A family member talked the subject into coming out and surrendering to law enforcement.


As a result Matthew Specht, age 29 of Marcus, was taken into custody at 12:50 am without further incident. He was taken to Plymouth County and charged with the following:


Aggravated eluding

Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle

Drive while license suspended

Failure to obey stop sign x 2


Plymouth County warrant for probation violation x 2

Pottawattamie County warrant for probation violation


Plymouth County was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Remsen, Marcus and Cherokee Police Departments.

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