UPDATE: Attempted Murder Charges Filed Against Vehicle Theft Suspect from I-29 Accident


By austin@siouxlandscanner.com Updated on Monday, December 28 2020 11:03pm

Earlier today, agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation filed additional charges against Jayme Powell.

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In addition to the motor vehicle theft charges, Powell is charged with two counts of Attempted Murder. Court documents allege while Powell was driving southbound on I-29 in his truck, he fired multiple shots at another vehicle, which was driven by Jaimi Bucholz of Sioux City. Powell then struck a motorcycle that was operated by Richard Polak of Sioux City. That collision forced both vehicles into the ditch. Polak remains in critical condition at a Sioux City hospital.

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Just before 2:00 am Sunday morning the Monona County Communications Center received a call about an accident involving injuries and possible shots fired.

Around mile marker 118 on Interstate 29 officers arriving on scene found an accident involving a motorcycle and a pickup. The driver of the motorcycle was transported by helicopter to a Sioux City hospital. The driver of the pickup, Jayme Powell fled the scene before stealing a pickup from an area farm. That pickup was later found crashed, a short distance from the farm. The suspect had proceeded to another farm and stole a second pickup. He was later caught by the Sioux City Police Department just before 4:00 am in possession of the stolen pickup.

The suspect, Jayme Powell, 39 of Sioux City was arrested and has been charged with two counts of motor vehicle theft and is currently being held in the Monona County Jail. As this investigation is on-going, more charges could be filed at a later date. The Monona County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux City Police Department, Onawa Police Department, Mapleton Police Department, Monona County Attorney’s Office, Whiting Fire and Rescue, Wings Air-Care and the Burgess Health Center Ambulance