CLEAR LAKE – Police chased an alleged drunk driver through Clear Lake and after stop sticks and negotiations, brought him to the county jail.
On 9/18/21 around 11:15 pm, Evac A. Cave, age 24, from Council Bluffs, IA was arrested by the Clear Lake Police Department (CLPD) after a pursuit.
Cave called the CLPD Communications Center at 10:30 pm. He was reported to be speaking erratically and made incoherent statements. Officers were eventually dispatched to attempt to make contact with Cave and check on his welfare.
At 10:50 pm, an officer located Cave’s vehicle speeding in the area of North Shore Drive and Clark Road. After attempting to pull the vehicle over, a pursuit ensued. A dispatcher was still on the phone with Cave asking him to stop and pull over. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office was asked to assist by deploying a tire deflation device, commonly known as Stop Sticks, to end the chase. A deputy successfully used stop sticks on Cave’s car, at 235th and Dogwood, but he continued driving.
After driving on three deflated tires, dispatchers were able to convince Cave to stop on Balsam Avenue, just south of 230th Street. After several minutes of negotiations with a dispatcher over the phone, Cave surrendered to officers and was taken into custody without incident. The CLPD dispatcher was on the phone with Cave for about 40 minutes.
“We are very proud of the work done by our dispatchers and the officers involved,” said Captain Mike Colby. “Our dispatcher, in talking with Cave, did an excellent job of helping to persuade him to stop and conclude this incident without injury.”
Cave was charged with Operation While Intoxicated (OWI) 1st Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and multiple traffic violations. He was taken to the Cerro Gordo County Jail. There were no injuries noted and the only reported damage was three deflated tires on Cave’s vehicle, a silver 2019 Nissan Sentra.
The Clear Lake Police Department was assisted by the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources.