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Kellerton teen charged with attempted murder

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 11:30 a.m. CST

Chance Newton, 16, of Kellerton was charged 9 a.m. Tuesday with two counts of attempted murder.

According to a Iowa Department of Public Safety report, Ringgold County law enforcement received a report of a stolen Ford Monday.

At approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday, a Ringgold County Sheriff’s deputy located the stolen vehicle. While attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver, identified as Newton, led the deputy on a short pursuit and evaded the deputy.

By 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, Newton and the stolen vehicle were relocated in Kellerton. Again, Newton evaded officers and led officers on a second pursuit. Law enforcement from Ringgold County Sheriff’s office, Decatur County Sheriff’s office and Iowa State Patrol followed Newton as he drove east on Highway 2 to Leon and continued north on Highway 69.

Newton lost control of the stolen vehicle and crashed on 240th Avenue, just north of 150th Street in rural Decatur County.

As officers approached, Newton fired a weapon and struck a Decatur County deputy’s vehicle and a state trooper’s vehicle. After firing at officers, Newton fled on foot into a nearby field. The officers fired upon were transported for medical treatment, and their injuries are reported as non-life threatening.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety report, officers involved in the pursuit did not returned fire.

At approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, Newton was located at a rural farm house approximately one and a-half miles away from the the crash site and taken into custody without incident.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation continues to investigate this incident. Additional charges are pending.

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