A Belle Plaine man was arrested and accused of stealing a car from a Kilkenny resident and fleeing from police in a car chase.

Seth Richard Roxberg, 49, was charged with four offenses on April 12, including felony motor vehicle theft, felony fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a criminal complaint, on April 10 police were contacted by a person claiming a family member’s green Toyota Camry was stolen. In its place was a white van registered to Roxberg parked in the driveway. The complainant told police they didn’t know why the car was in their driveway and that they had not given anyone permission to park there.

While on patrol, police said they observed a car matching the description drive past them. The officer turned on his lights signaling the car to pull over, but police say that when they stepped out of the car to approach the vehicle, the driver hit the gas and headed north on Hwy. 13.

As the vehicle headed into New Prague, the complaint reported that a New Prague officer used stop sticks to puncture the cars tires, forcing it to a stop near the Dairy Queen. The driver was allegedly identified as Roxberg as police arrested him. In a search of the vehicle, police said they found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke narcotics in Roxberg’s sweatshirt and a bag testing positive for marijuana weighing 2.64 grams.

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