On Sunday, November 22, at 1:38 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Van Essen, age 23, of Hull, IA.
The arrest stemmed from an accident that occurred on a residential driveway on Highway 75, two miles north of Sioux Center when Van Essen was backing a 2003 Mercury Sable on the driveway, sideswiped a parked 2004 Audi and fled the area. Several witnesses followed Van Essen for six miles until the Mercury became disabled due to a mechanical failure. Van Essen attempted to run away from the people following him but was detained by them until officers arrived.
No injuries were reported.
Both vehicles sustained approximately $2,000 in damage.
Upon further investigation, deputies suspected Van Essen was under the influence of alcohol and determined his driver’s license was barred.
Van Essen was transported to the Sioux County Jail where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated-second offense and operating a motor vehicle with a barred driver’s license.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Sioux Center Police Department.