Amanda L. Bergeson
Amanda L. Bergeson
August 19, 2013



A 29-year-old Ames woman, who escaped last month from a prison work-release program for a 2011 arrest in which she led Ames police officers on a pursuit in a stolen sport utility vehicle, damaged three police vehicles and tried to run over an officer, was apprehended last week in Carroll when an officer saw her walking along U.S. Highway 30.

Amanda L. Bergeson was arrested about 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 12 near the highway's intersection with North West Street. She faces a felony charge for the escape on July 5 and a revocation of her work release.

She did not attempt to flee from arrest this time, Police Chief Jeff Cayler said.

"She was just walking, and we were aware of the warrant," he said. "She did not resist in any way."

The peaceful arrest in Carroll is starkly contrasted by Bergeson's attempt to escape arrest on Oct. 21, 2011, in Ames, where an officer attempted to stop a stolen 2011 Toyota Sequoia about 10 p.m.

Bergeson, who drove the Toyota, struck three patrol cars with the vehicle and drove at an officer, who fired his gun and struck Bergeson's passenger, according to a state Division of Criminal Investigation report.

Bergeson narrowly missed the officer and stopped the vehicle a short time later and was arrested. The passenger was taken to a Des Moines hospital for treatment.

Bergeson faced eight felonies and later pleaded guilty to four, as part of a deal with prosecutors for a prison sentence of up to 15 years.

She served more than a year in prison but was granted work release on March 19, state prison records show. Other details of Bergeson's release were not immediately available.

Prisoners on work release generally live in a halfway house or work-release center and pay part of their wages to the state.

Bergeson is held at the Story County jail in Nevada.