Three area men were arrested after fleeing an officer and were subsequently charged with numerous offenses.
At approximately 12:20 a.m. on September 12, a Richland County Sheriff’s deputy observed a white Corvette traveling westbound on State Hwy. 171 at a high rate of speed with headlights turned off, near the Village of Boaz. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop and the driver fled, traveling southbound on County Hwy. E and eventually turning west onto Hill Road.
Two deputies pursued the vehicle on Hill Road until the driver lost control and traveled off the roadway onto a field.
The driver was taken into custody and identified as Derek Nehls, 28, of Lone Rock. Nehls was arrested and charged with operating under the influence, second offense, and felony fleeing an officer.
After an investigation, it was found that Nehls was just involved in a burglary and had stolen the Corvette from a shed on Tuckaway Valley Road.
The investigation continued and two men identified as Jason Weiland, 27, of Muscoda and Anthony Dubson, 29, of Spring Green were also arrested for being involved in the burglary.
Deputies investigating the case discovered that a truck and trailer were used to remove items from the location of the burglary. The truck used in the crime was recovered the following day in the Village of Spring Green. The trailer used in the crime and the stolen property from the burglary were later located on a property on Patch Hill Drive near Viola.
While deputies were placing the truck and trailer into the Sheriff’s Department impound, it was discovered that the truck was stolen in Iowa and the trailer was stolen in the City of Viroqua.
While performing a search of the truck, crystal methamphetamine was found inside.
Charges so far include operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, burglary, damage to property, theft, trespassing, breaking and entering, obstructing or resisting an officer, possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property and several counts of bail jumping.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is working with several surrounding agencies and the investigation is ongoing. More arrests are expected to be made.
Agencies providing assistance include Sauk County Sheriff’s Department, Spring Green Police Department, Muscoda Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Viroqua Police Department, Vernon County Crime Stoppers, and Jackson County Iowa Sheriff’s Department.