One person arrested & charged after pursuit


Official statement from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office on a pursuit in the County and Scott County:

On August 13, 2019 at 10:38 a.m., a deputy sheriff from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office was on patrol on Hwy 30 near Mill Creek Parkway in Clinton. The deputy clocked an eastbound vehicle on radar exceeding the speed limit. When the deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop on the speeder, the driver fled and ran a red light before pulling into a business lot. The driver then exited the parking lot and fled westbound on Lincolnway (Hwy 30).

While the pursuit was in progress, Clinton County Communications received a 911 call from a RACHEL THORNBURG stating that her car had just been stolen from Low Moor. She claimed that she had left the keys in the car which was a 1998 grey Buick Century.  This was the same vehicle that the deputy sheriff was pursuing.

The pursuit went through Low Moor where the driver ran the stop and then through Folletts where the driver ran another stop sign at 380th Ave at Hwy 67. The pursuit continued across the Wapsi River into Scott County.

Le Claire Police attempted to stop the car by deploying Stop Sticks but were unsuccessful. Eventually the Iowa State Patrol was able to successfully deploy Stop Sticks that flattened the tires of the Buick. The pursuit ended at 11:29 on Middle Road just north of Interstate 80 in Scott County. The driver was taken into custody. The driver was identified as RACHEL THORNBURG, the owner of the car who reported it as stolen while she was being pursued by the Clinton County sheriff’s deputy.

Thornburg, aged 20, with address in Davenport and Low Moor, has been charged with:


Driving While License Under Suspension

Reckless Driving

Speeding > 55 (21 or More)

Clinton County Jail Photo


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