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Authorities release video of officer involved head-on collision


The video of a high speed chase and collision which injured an area deputy has been released by authorities.

The collision happened in October. The chase began in Colesburg in Delaware county, but the suspect took off, leading authorities on a pursuit into Clayton County. Authorities had originally tried to pull over 27-year old William Kobelt for speeding.

In 22 years while serving as a deputy, Shawn Boeke never experienced a life and death situation like this one. Boeke, a Clayton County deputy, was in the area when Kobelt crossed the county and went to help.

"There was a pursuit coming out of Delaware County being chased by a Delaware County officer. They were calling for assistance and I happened to be fairly close so I responded down to the scene," said Boeke.

William Kobelt and a passenger were on the run. They had driven down a dead end road and Deputy Boeke was closing in. That's when Kobelt drove head on into Boeke's squad car.

"The suspect vehicle accelerated, crashed through a gate, came across a bridge, and centered at the front of the squad car and took me head on," said Boeke.

Boeke had just returned from back surgery right before the crash. He was taken to the hospital in Guttenberg, but was released a short time later.

"It's something I don't ever want to go through again. It's nothing I ever hope to go through. It's a scary situation," said Boeke.

Clayton County Attorney Alan Heavens oversaw this case. On Thursday Kobelt was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

"He's not a person that's safe at this point to be driving on our roads or walking our streets. He needs to be incarcerated and I'm hopeful the services he will receive in prison will help him become a more law abiding citizen," said Heavens.

"People make mistakes. People make mistakes in life. If they find a police officer is behind him with their red lights on just pull over. It saves a whole lot of trouble for everybody," said Boeke.

While Kobelt got away that night he was arrested the next day in Colesburg. Several departments were searching for him including the Clayton County and Delaware County Sheriff's Offices, the Iowa State Patrol, and DCI.

William Kobelt pleaded guilty to several charges. This week a district judge handed down two five-year consecutive sentences for felony assault and for eluding. Sentences on the other charges will run concurrently.

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