Independence Man Leads Authorities on High-Speed Chase

An Independence man is in custody after leading authorities on a high-speed chase Thursday morning.


The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy tried pulling over a vehicle after it ran a red light at the intersection of Raymond Road and Dunkerton Road around 3 am.


The driver, later identified as 34-year old Troy Postel-Vargason, fled and led officers on a pursuit through rural Black Hawk and Buchanan counties. Speeds reached over 100 miles per hour on paved roads and 75 miles per hour on gravel roads.


He was eventually taken into custody a half hour later near the intersection of Raymond Road and Donald Road after he drove into a field trying to avoid stop sticks that had been deployed by officers. He got out of his vehicle with a small wooden club, but was placed under arrest without incident.


Postel-Vargason faces several charges, including Eluding and Driving With a Suspended License. A passenger in his vehicle, 43-year old Teresa Andrews of Shell Rock, is not facing any criminal charges.


No one was injured in the pursuit.