Trucker With Revoked License and Felony Warrants Leads Police on Wild High-Speed Chase
Walnut, IA – A trucker with a revoked license and multiple felony warrants led police on a high-speed chase on Wednesday along an Iowa interstate.
According to Iowa State Patrol (ISP) Trooper Ryan Devault, the incident began at approximately 7:10 a.m. on westbound Interstate 80 near mile-marker 74.
An ISP trooper initiated a traffic stop of a tractor-trailer owned and operated by 38-year-old Jeremy Samstad, of St. James, MN.
Devault said the trooper pulled alongside the big rig to signal to Samstad to pull over.
That’s when Samstad began taking “evasive action,” Devault told local news outlet RadioIowa.
“It became pretty apparent when the semi driver took an evasive action around our trooper and then continued on the interstate at a higher rate of speed that the trooper originally had him at — that the driver of that semi was trying to elude law enforcement,” Devault said.
The pursuit continued westbound for miles along I-80 to the Marne Exit, reaching speeds as high as 90 mph.
“During that 20-mile stretch of Interstate 80, I know there were at least two sets of stop sticks that were deployed by ISP and I believe the Cass County Sheriff deployed stop sticks also — just trying to deflate those tires on that semi a safe and successful end,” Devault explained.
Samstad eventually exited I-80 at the Marne Exit, which is a gravel road in Shelby County.
Devault said the chase continued on multiple gravel roads in southeastern Shelby County for another 10 miles, and eventually ended up north of Walnut where the pursuit finally came to an end around 8:30 a.m. near Prairie Rose State Park.
“Even with both front tires deflated, the driver of the semi tried to keep eluding and kept going. Eventually, both tires and tread were completely gone off the front of the semi once he finally came to a stop near Prairie Rose State Park,” Devault stated.
Further, Devault indicated Samstad reached speeds between 50-to-70 mph even on the gravel roads.
Samstad is the owner of Minnesota-based Samstad Trucking LLC.
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, it is a one truck operation and was granted its interstate authority on December 18, 2020.
Devault said Samstad is wanted in Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin on four felony warrants related to forgery and theft crimes.
It is believed Samstad evaded authorities because of these outstanding warrants.
He will now face more charges.
“There’ll be multiple charges filed,” DeVault told local outlet KETV. “Eluding, I know is one. He had multiple stop sign violations, having no electronic log in the truck and then also his license was revoked from driving.”
Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident.