An accused Sioux City drug dealer chose the wrong client Friday evening, and after a foot chase, three suspects were jailed for selling a quantity of marijuana to a Storm Lake Police undercover officer in the parking lot at the Alta Community Center.
As part of an ongoing drug related investigation, Storm Lake investigators conducted the purchase of the drugs, working in conjunction with the Alta Police Department.
An undercover officer purchased approximately two pounds of marijuana from an individual from Sioux City. Three other persons assisted the seller during the transaction.
When the undercover officer identified himself as a police officer and attempted an arrest, three suspects fled on foot. Alta Police apprehended one in a nearby cornfield as Storm Lake Police caught the two others who were attempting to flee on foot.
A fourth person fled in a vehicle and was pursued by a Storm Lake Police Detective to Storm Lake and then back to Alta where the vehicle was eventually stopped by an Alta officer near 3rd Street and Cherokee Street, where the driver was arrested. The fleeing vehicle and unmarked police vehicle struck each other three times during the incident at low speeds. No damage was reported to the police vehicle and approximately $1,000 in damage was reported to the suspect vehicle.
Police seized approximately two pounds of marijuana.
Alta Police charged the following:
Clayton Salberg, age 26 of Sioux City, was charged with Escaping Custody, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Violation of a Tax Stamp (all class D felonies). He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $15,000 cash bond.
Donathon Rodgers, age 25 of Calumet, was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Violation of a Tax Stamp. He was booked into the county jail on a $10,000 bond.
Shannon Stevens, age 25 and Abby Backman, age 19 both of Sioux City, were charged with Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Violation of a Tax Stamp. Both were booked into the county jail on a $10,000 bond each.
The Storm Lake and Alta Police Departments were assisted by the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department.