Man charged with stealing squad car is in Austin jail

Published 11:15 am Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The man who allegedly stole a police vehicle and then led authorities on a high-speed chase last month has been transferred to the Mower County Jail.

Austin resident Jeremy Winkel, 27, had been in custody in Worth County, Iowa, after a 38-mile chase ended with his arrest in Northwood, Iowa.

Winkel faces four felony charges in Mower County, where the chase began after authorities responded to a fight between Winkel and his father. Winkel fled, and while authorities searched for him, Winkel hopped into an Austin squad car.

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Police chief Paul Phillip said he hasn’t heard further details on how exactly Winkel entered the vehicle.

Winkel made his first appearance in Mower County District Court June 9 and is scheduled for another appearance June 18.