Police: Driver to face charges after high-speed crash along I-29

Published: Jun. 6, 2023 at 9:33 PM CDT
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Police say a driver who crashed a stolen vehicle along Interstate 29 will face several charges.

According to the Sioux City Police Department, 21-year-old Gilberto Armenta crashed a silver 2019 Infiniti QX8 Tuesday night. The crash happened at about 7:15 p.m. near the on-ramp to the southbound lanes of I-29 at Riverside Blvd.

Police allege Armenta was going 80 to 100 mph up the on-ramp, lost control, drove through a chainlink fence and went off an embankment. The vehicle then rolled several times before starting on fire.

Armenta was able to get out of the vehicle by himself and attempted to flee, but was apprehended by a Sioux City police officer who witnessed the crash.

One hour before the crash, the Infiniti QX8 was reported stolen out of Hawarden, Iowa. Police say the vehicle was totaled in the crash.

Armenta was taken to a Sioux City hospital to be treated for injuries he got in the crash. Once released, police say he will face several charges including theft, reckless driving and speeding.

As of Wednesday morning Armenta is still at the hospital.


SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Sioux City Police and Sioux City Fire Rescue were called out to a car crash Tuesday night.

The crash happened shortly after 7 p.m., near the on-ramp to the southbound lanes of Interstate 29 at Riverside Boulevard.

Witnesses say the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed in the southbound lanes of I-29. That’s when witnesses say, it cut across all lanes of traffic at the last minute to exit at Riverside Boulevard. On the exit ramp, the vehicle didn’t stop, left the roadway toward a field, hit a fence, went airborne, and then rolled several times.

Investigators say the only person in the vehicle managed to get out on their own and was seen running away from the vehicle.

“There is a report of this vehicle being reported stolen. The VIN number has not been confirmed at this time,” said Sgt. Josh Tyler of the Sioux City Police Department.

Police detained the driver. That driver was then taken to a local hospital to have any injuries treated.