Spencer Police stop turns into multicounty chase

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Multiple charges follow apprehension near Pocahontas

Robert Dale Ryker

An early morning car chase Tuesday which began in Spencer covered four counties and concluded when the vehicle left the roadway in Pocahontas County, leading to the apprehension and arrest of the driver, Robert Dale Ryker, 42, of Spencer.

At 2:45 a.m., the Spencer Police Department initiated a traffic stop in the 10th block of Fourth Street Southwest on a dark colored sport utility vehicle following a traffic violation. The SUV failed to stop and continued south out of Spencer on U.S. Highway 71, reaching speeds of 90 mph. Clay County deputies joined the pursuit which traveled into southeast Clay County before crossing into Buena Vista, Palo Alto and Pocahontas counties before the SUV came to a stop near a ravine near 110th Avenue and 410th Street in Pocahontas.

Ryker was taken into custody by the Clay County deputies without incident, and transported to Spencer Hospital for evaluation before being taken to the Clay County Jail. He was charged with driving while license revoked; eluding; failure to file SR-22 insurance; failure to maintain control; failure to display registration; improper use of registration; reckless driving; unsafe turn or failure to give signal; fail to obey stop sign and yield right of way; careless driving, speed (95 in a 55 mph zone); and fifth-degree theft.

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