Accident Leads To Arrest of Hull Man

November 24, 2020 2:54pm

Michael Van Essen

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Hull man following an accident early Sunday morning.

The arrest stemmed from an accident that occurred around 1:30 Sunday morning on a residential driveway on Highway 75, two miles north of Sioux Center.  23 year-old Michael Van Essen was backing a Mercury Sable on a driveway, sideswiped a parked Audi and fled the area. Several witnesses followed Van Essen for six miles until his vehicle became disabled due to a mechanical failure. Van Essen attempted to run away from the people following him but was detained by them until officers arrived.

No injuries were reported.

Both vehicles sustained approximately $2,000 in damage.

While investigating, deputies suspected Van Essen was under the influence of alcohol and found his driver’s license was barred.

Van Essen was transported to the Sioux County Jail where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated-second offense and operating a motor vehicle with a barred driver’s license.