Motor vehicle accident south of Sioux Center leads to arrest – October 19

On Wednesday, October 19, at 10:30 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Harrison Ave, one mile south of Sioux Center, IA.


Gert Mare, age 29, of Sioux Center, was driving a 2001 F-250 southbound on Harrison Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle, entered the east ditch and rolled.


Two passengers, Gerrit Van Newkirk, age 21, and Christian Van Der Merwe, age 20, both of Sioux Center, were transported by private vehicle to the Sioux Center Health for treatment of minor injuries.

The Ford sustained approximately $10,000 in damage.

Upon further investigation, deputies suspected that Mare was under the influence of alcohol.

Mare was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and cited for failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by Sioux Center Police Department.