New Details In High Speed Iowa Chase

New details surrounding a chase in Western Iowa that reached speeds of more than 100 miles an hour.

Thirty-one-year-old Norman Bergholm and his 22-year-old wife Jennifer were eventually arrested but not before eluding officers for more than two hours.

They hid in a corn field after crashing a stolen truck.

Channel Six News has been digging deeper into the story and discovered the two may have a long list of charges to come.

Jenn Palmer says she would have helped the couple that stole gas from her station at the Glenwood exit on Interstate 29.

"I would have gave them my last five dollars," Jenn said. "All they had to do was come in and say we're out of gas we're out of money."

But as it turned out, the couple filled their stolen truck with $66 of gas and sped out of the parking lot without paying.

Jenn called in the theft and moments later, an Iowa State Trooper was in pursuit.

The chase lasted half an hour, ending in a cornfield near Underwood, Iowa north of Council Bluffs.

Neil Darrington saw the chase up close.

"They've been off the road several times drove through my house yard and they're kind of out of control just trying to get away," he said.

Police finally caught Norman and Jennifer Bergholm hiding in a cornfield after a search lasting nearly two hours.

The two apparently stole the truck in Clemson, South Carolina last Tuesday.

Five days later, they stole gas from Jenn Palmer's station.

Twice, during the chase Bergholm tried to run into cruisers at speeds of 106 miles an hour.

The couple also told police they had injected bath salts before the pursuit.

Ironically, they may have gotten away.

But Jenn Palmer noticed something odd.

"We have a policy of a credit card or cash only," Jenn said. When Jennifer Bergholm tried to get the gas by just showing a drivers license.

Jenn said she glanced at the license and the picture did not appear to match the woman standing in front of her.

Jennifer then went out to the truck and got in her purse.

"When she brought the credit card back in she laid it on the counter she did not hand it to me," Jenn said. "She wouldn't look me in the eye, it was like she really didn't want to do what she was going to do."

The credit card came back denied and the duo sped away.

Jenn called in the theft because of a policy at the station that employees are liable for drive offs if they don't contact police when one occurs.

Now the Bergholms are facing numerous charges in at least two states, all for the want of a few gallons of gas.

Norman Bergholm is facing at least 17 charges, including five felonies from Sunday's chase.

Jennifer is being charged with two felonies.

Both are being held on $100,000 bonds for being fugitives from justice from South Carolina.

Norman also has a $50,000 bond for assault on police officers, while Jennifer has an additional $25,000 bond.

We're told there may be more charges to come.

The Iowa State Patrol is contacting other states checking for additional crimes the two may have committed during their trek from South Carolina to Iowa.


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