Man attempts to elude deputy, arrested on marijuana violations

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On Aug. 28, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit came across a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu operating at a high rate of speed southbound on Highway 35 in the township of Eastman. As the deputy attempted to turn around to initiate a traffic stop, the Malibu attempted to elude the deputy. The Malibu turned down a steep driveway onto private property along the Mississippi River. The deputy was able to locate the vehicle and pursued the vehicle for several hundred yards along the river on a dirt road before the Malibu came to the end of the road and came to a stop.

The deputy detained the driver, identified as Alexander Berg, 27, West Union, Iowa, and his passenger, Benjamin Campbell, 34, West Union, Iowa. During the contact, Berg displayed indicators of alcohol and drug impairment. Berg was also discovered to be on parole through the State of Iowa. 

K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle. The deputy discovered that a plastic bag of several grams of green leafy substances was thrown from the vehicle, which was recovered. Several open intoxicants were located within the vehicle as well.

Berg’s intoxication level required him to be taken to the hospital for medical attention and he was subsequently transported to Crossing Rivers Hospital by Tri-State Ambulance. Berg was later charged and cited for operating with a restricted controlled substance (first offense), possession of marijuana, possessing open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, along with numerous moving violations. Campbell was transported to Crawford County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were the Eastman First Responders, Tri-State EMS, Crossing Rivers Hospital and Milo’s Towing.

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