Press Release (172)
The holiday season is known for celebrations and traditions, but it is also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to drunk and drug-impaired driving. Iowa Law Enforcement across the state will partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this holiday season to remove impaired drivers from the roads and help save lives. From December 13, 2019 to January 1, 2020, motorists will see an increased presence of law enforcement.
As we prepare for festivities with family and friends, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau wants to remind all drivers of the dangers of driving impaired. You have to choose your role before the celebration begins. Will you drink, use drugs or will you drive? Remember, even if you have a little bit to drink, you could still be over the legal limit. Whether the drug is legally prescribed or illegal, driving while drug-impaired poses a threat to the driver, vehicle passengers, and other road users. Remember….if you feel different, you drive different!
On August 31st, 2019 at around 3:40pm, the DCSO responded to a personal injury accident involving two vehicles in the 2000 block of Highway 86 near Treasure Village.
Melissa Harbst (42), of Milford, was northbound on Highway 86 when she came to a stop to turn west towards Treasure Village. Alex Strantz (18), of Milford, was also northbound on Highway 86 when he struck the rear end of Harbst’s vehicle. Strantz was suspected of having serious injuries and was transported by ambulance.
Harbst was driving a 2000 Dodge Durango that sustained approximately $8,500 in damage. Strantz was driving a 2014 Jeep Patriot that sustained approximately $12,000 in damage.
Harbst was charged with driving while suspended. Strantz was charged with failure to maintain control.
The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Police Department, Milford Fire Department, Lake Regional Healthcare Ambulance, and Bob’s Auto Body.
On August 31st, 2019 at around 10:42am, the DCSO responded to a personal injury accident involving three vehicles in the 2000 block of Highway 86 near Treasure Village.
Jason Dicks (49), of Storm Lake, was northbound on Highway 86 when he came to a stop to turn west towards Treasure Village. Nathan Vohs (40), of Galva, was also northbound on Highway 86 when a vehicle in front of him abruptly swerved to the right to avoid hitting Dicks. Vohs then struck the rear end of Dicks’ vehicle. Dicks had a passenger in the rear seat who complained of minor injuries.
Dicks was driving a 2000 GMC Sierra that sustained approximately $500 in damage. Vohs was driving a 2011 Ford Econoline that sustained approximately $1,000 in damage.
The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Police Department, Arnolds Park Police Department, Iowa DNR, Milford Fire Department, and Lake Regional Healthcare Ambulance.
On Monday August 26th, 2019 at around 11:53pm, deputies were walking the docks and shoreline near the Barefoot Bar. One of the deputies located an object in the water approximately 45 yards from shore and 15 yards east of a dock. The deputies determined that it was a body and contacted the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Dive team.
The dive team was able to recover the body. The body was identified as Vincent Harvey, who was reported missing on Sunday August 25th. Authorities made contact with the family.
The DCSO would like to thank the Dickinson County Communications Center, Dickinson County Emergency Management, Spirit Lake Police Department, Spirit Lake Fire Department, Okoboji Police Department, Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire & Rescue and Dive Team, Arnolds Park Police Department, Iowa DNR, and the Brookings County (South Dakota) Canine Search & Rescue Team.
The search for Vincent Harvey will continue through early evening, and then resume early Tuesday morning.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Harvey, please call the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office at 712-336-2525.
The search continues today for 24 year-old Vincent Harvey from Fort Dodge, Iowa. Harvey was last seen on foot at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday night near a dock at Parks Marina and officially reported missing 10:42 a.m. Sunday morning. Personal items were located at the end of a dock. The Spirit Lake Fire Department and Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire Department Dive Team were dispatched to the location along with the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office, Spirit Lake and Okoboji Police Departments. The search continued through Sunday night and into Monday morning. Adjacent areas of land have been searched by crews on foot and by drone.
At this time, crews continue to search and have brought in a cadaver dog from Brookings County (South Dakota) Canine Search & Rescue to assist in the search.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Vincent Harvey should contact the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office at 712-336-2525.
Any updates on this situation will be posted to the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office website.
The numbers are shocking: In 2017 (the most recent year data is available), one person died every 48 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States. These deaths account for approximately one-third of all traffic deaths each year, or, 10,874 in 2017. Despite laws in every state the numbers remain similar year after year. Ultimately, drinking and driving is a choice, and it is a choice that puts all road users at risk.