MASON CITY – A canine officer from a neighboring county was integral in the capture of a Mason city man who led cops on a chase early Thursday.
On the morning of Thursday, July 6, 2017 just after midnight, an officer of the Mason City Police Department stopped a vehicle near the Hy-Vee Drug Store for a traffic offense. As the officer approached the vehicle, it sped off. The officer was not able to catch up to the fleeing vehicle because of the evasive actions the driver took to get away from the officer. Several other officers converged on the area and began searching for the vehicle. About ten minutes later, the vehicle was spotted by a second Mason City police officer near 12th Street and North Pierce Avenue and when that officer attempted to stop the vehicle it again fled. The driver eventually abandoned the vehicle in a field near the city’s limits just west of 12th Street NW and North Eisenhower after it had been driven over a tire deflation device placed by a third Mason City police officer. Law enforcement personnel from the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol assisted other Mason City Police Officers with a perimeter. A Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputy and his canine, Yeira, responded to give aid in the search for the driver. Within a couple minutes of beginning the search, Yeira located the alleged driver hiding in a marshy area not far from where the vehicle had been abandoned.
Taken into custody was 42-year-old Troy Wiebke of Mason City. Wiebke was eventually transported to the Cerro Gordo County Jail and held for bond on the following offenses: Improper brake light, Unsafe entry onto a sidewalk or driveway, Interference with official acts, Passing contrary to highway markings, Driving on wrong side of two lane highway, Eluding (felony), Failure to obey a stop sign, Driving while barred, Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (felony), and Possession of drug paraphernalia.