Posted August 5, 2014
Tuesday afternoon, the Iowa State Patrol released new information about a high-speed chase.
The alleged motorcycle thief is lucky to be alive. Troopers say the chase hit speeds up to 150 miles per hour.
The chase started in Council Bluffs when the motorcycle's owner called 911.
The chase came to an end near Honey Creek. Troopers say he tried to get rid of possible evidence.
"During the chase the driver of the motorcycle took a backpack off and threw the backpack off on the interstate," says Trooper Scott Miller. "A Pottawattamie County Deputy picked it up and what we assume is a stolen handgun was found inside that backpack."
"The reason I say assume is the firearm had its serial number ground off of it."
The crash happened around 5:45 p.m. near the 67 mile marker of I-29 southbound.
According to investigators, the motorcyclist, 19-year-old Joshua Holmes failed to stop when an Iowa State trooper tried to pull him over.
Holmes then allegedly tried to pass two semis on the inside shoulder, lost control of his bike and rolled several times, landing in the median.
Holmes is listed in fair condition at the Nebraska Medical Center.