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Polk County grand jury indicts man who led police on high-speed chase, damaged patrol unit

Justin Ivy (Source: Polk County Jail) Justin Ivy (Source: Polk County Jail)
Hector Morales (Source: Polk County Jail) Hector Morales (Source: Polk County Jail)
Debbie Nelson (Source: Polk County Jail) Debbie Nelson (Source: Polk County Jail)
Kenneth Nelson (Source: Polk County Jail) Kenneth Nelson (Source: Polk County Jail)

A Polk County grand jury indicted a 30-year-old man earlier this month in connection to allegations that he fled a traffic stop, led Corrigan police officers on a high-speed chase, and damaged a CPD patrol unit back in May.

Justin Ivy, of Corrigan, was indicted on three felony charges - aggravated assault of a public servant, evading arrest with a vehicle, retaliation, and tampering with evidence. At the time of his arrest, he was also charged with two misdemeanors - possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces and theft of property between $100 and $750.

Ivy is still being held in the Polk County Jail, and his collective bail amount has been set at $44.000.

Ivy’s next court date is scheduled for August 8.

According to Corrigan Police Chief Darrell Gibson, one of his officers was on South Home Street at about 12:09 a.m. on May 25 when he saw a passenger vehicle go north in the center turn lane without trying to turn. Then in the 500 block of the street, the CPD officer clocked the vehicle at doing 58 mph in a 45-mph zone.

When the Corrigan PD officer tried to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver, who was later identified as Ivy, fled from him. A short time later, a second CPD officer joined the chase, Gibson said.

Gibson said Ivy damaged a Corrigan PD patrol unit after the officer got in front of him in an effort to stop him.

The vehicle then went down FM 942 at speeds of more than 100 mph, Gibson said. During the chase, the vehicle traveled in the oncoming lane, and the car eventually went into a ditch at Jack Station Road.

Police then ordered the two men out of the vehicle, Gibson said. They were both placed under arrest, and Ivy was found to have an outstanding theft warrant from Polk County. Gibson said no charges were filed against the second man, and he was released.

The grand jury also indicted Hector Antonio Morales, 27, for sexual assault of a child. He was arrested on the charge back in August of 2016 after a Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy allegedly caught him in the act of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in a car parked at a church.

No court date is pending for Morales.

Also among those indicted by the Polk County grand jury were Debbie Nelson, 38, and Kenneth Nelson, 37, both of Livingston. They were each indicted for endangering a child. The couple is accused of leaving their 9-year-old child at the Livingston on May 21.

Lt. Matt Parish, a spokesman for the Livingston Police Department, said that when the parents showed up to pick the boy up, they appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug.

No court dates are pending for Debbie and Kenneth Nelson.

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