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OPD: Repeat offender tried to run woman off the road

Jeremy John Steenhoek/Wapello County Sheriff's Office

A repeat felony offender is facing more charges in Ottumwa this week—after a woman he was ordered to stay away from, accused him of trying to run her off the road.

Police identified 44-year-old Jeremy John Steenhoek, formerly of Keokuk, as a suspect in violation of a restraining order and stalking case from April 2015.

Officers said they saw Steenhoek following the victim near Highway 149 and North Court Street in Ottumwa, just after 2 a.m. Saturday.

When they attempted to pull his vehicle over, police say Steenhoek tossed a black case out the window. Officers searched the case, and found more than five grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a loaded semiautomatic pistol. A search of his person also turned up a smoking pipe, and a container of marijuana.

Steenhoek is charged with violation of a no contact order, driving under suspension, felon in possession of a firearm, prohibited acts, possession with intent to deliver more than 5 grams of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Steenhoek made his first court appearance this week, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He remains in custody at the Wapello County jail on a $35,000 bond.

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