Juvenile Charged After Stealing Truck in Fort Madison

On 04/09/24, at 2:00AM, the Mount Pleasant Police Department ran a plate on a gray Dodge Journey that was discovered to be reported stolen out of Fort Madison, Iowa.

Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop to which the vehicle fled from pursuing officers through the city of Mount Pleasant, North and South bound on highway 218, and into oncoming traffic on highway 218.

The vehicle then fled East on Highway 34 at high rates of speed. Officers pursued the vehicle into Burlington and stop sticks were successfully deployed. The vehicle then turned off onto the train tracks at Market & Main Street, causing disabling damage to the vehicle.

The driver, a juvenile aged male, was taken into custody at this time. The vehicle sustained over $5,000 worth of damage.

The juvenile male was charged with Felony Eluding, Theft/Possession of Stolen Property 1st-degree, Driving Under Suspension, Reckless Driving, and several traffic infractions.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office, Burlington Police Department, West Burlington Police Department, the Iowa State Patrol, Jim’s Body Shop & Towing Inc.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Mt Pleasant PD

Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Mt Pleasant PD at 319 385-1450.