CLINTON — A high-speed police chase that began in Clinton and ended in Scott County has resulted in an arrest.
A release from the Clinton County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday reported that a deputy at 10:38 a.m. observed an eastbound vehicle on U.S. 30 near Mill Creek Parkway exceeding the speed limit. When the deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop on the speeder, the driver fled and ran a red light before pulling into a business lot, according to the release. The driver then exited the parking lot and fled west on Lincoln Way (U.S. 30).
While the pursuit was in progress, Clinton County Communications received a 911 call from a Rachel Thornburg stating that her car had just been stolen from Low Moor, the release states. She claimed that she had left the keys in the car, which was a 1998 grey Buick Century. This was the same vehicle that the deputy sheriff was pursuing.
The pursuit continued through Low Moor, where the driver ran the stop sign, and then through Folletts, where the driver ran another stop sign at 380th Avenue at U.S. 67. The pursuit continued across the Wapsipinicon River into Scott County.
Once in Scott County, Le Claire police attempted to stop the car by deploying Stop Sticks but were unsuccessful. Eventually the Iowa State Patrol was able to successfully deploy Stop Sticks that flattened the Buick's tires. The pursuit ended at 11:29 on Middle Road just north of Interstate 80 in Scott County. The driver was taken into custody.
The driver was identified as Rachel Thornburg, the owner of the car who reported it stolen while she was being pursued by the Clinton County sheriff’s deputy, according to the press release.
Thornburg, 20, has addresses in both Low Moor and Davenport, and is now charged with eluding, driving while license under suspension, reckless driving, and speeding. She remains in custody at the Clinton County jail under a $2,000 bond.