Lyle man leads county deputy on chase

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 16, 2002

LYLE -- Three Austin women were arrested after a visit to Peter Noe's residence last Friday evening.

A day later, Noe was arrested after attempting to elude Austin police and striking a citizen who sought to detain him for police.

The events began late Friday evening, according to a Mower County Sheriff's Department report.

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Noe was observed outside his Lyle residence talking to individuals in a car which drove away from the scene.

A deputy on routine patrol followed the car north on U.S. Highway 218, according to the report. The vehicle weaved across the centerline as the deputy followed. Meanwhile, another vehicle approached from the rear at a high rate of speed and followed the deputy into Austin.

When the deputy stopped the vehicle, a canine unit was summoned to the scene. The dog "hit" on mushrooms, plastic baggies and drug paraphernalia in the car.

The driver ran off on foot from the scene, but three female subjects were arrested on drug possession and other charges. They were Elizabeth McNally, Tessa Rockafellow, both 18 of Austin, and Rachel Scheidt, 19 of Austin.

While the officers were interviewing the subjects and then making the arrests, the man they knew as Noe from previous encounters with the law, sat in a car parked nearby and hurled obscenities at the officers.

On Saturday, an Austin officer on routine patrol in the northeast area saw Noe driving a vehicle and followed, according to an Austin Police Department report.

When the Austin officer activated his lights and sirens, the Noe vehicle failed to stop and instead drove away at a high rate of speed with the officer in pursuit.

Finally the Noe vehicle came to a halt in the roadway on a northeast Austin street.

Noe exited the vehicle and ran from the scene in the northeast Austin neighborhood with residents watching.

With the Austin officer pursing on foot, Noe kept running until a citizen blocked his pathway. Noe struck the man in the face and kept running until the officer caught up, drew his sidearm and ordered Noe to stop, which he did.

Noe was ordered to the ground and handcuffed, according to the report.

Noe was taken to the Austin – Mower County Law Enforcement Center and held in the Mower County Jail pending a court appearance.

According to the police report, he faces charges of felony escape, eluding a police officer, making terroristic threats, reckless driving, driving after cancellation and other violations.

The citizen Noe is accused of striking did not require medical treatment.

Apprehend illegal aliens

In two separate instances, Austin Police Department officers arrested illegal aliens wanted on criminal charges.

Several people reported seeing an individual known to be a previously deported illegal alien in the company of a girlfriend identified as "Kate."

He was seen at the Palacio Bar in downtown Austin late Saturday and early Sunday and then at a residence in the 1900 block of Seventh Avenue NE. A security guard at the bar, Forrest Miller, Austin, held the individual identified as Acosta-Orellana Rudolpho, 27, until officers arrived.

The man was taken to the Mower County Jail and the Immigration and Naturalization Services notified. The INS placed an immediate hold on the man, who was originally deported the Mexico in May.

Also early Sunday, police were called to the building which houses the Palacio Bar (formerly Righty's bar -- at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 2nd Street NE for another incident.

A 14-year-old female ran to the law enforcement center and claimed she was sexually assaulted by a man at the building.

According to an Austin Police Department report, the teenager and another woman were talking to two males in the building, when another male, who appeared to be drunk approached and asked for sex. The 14 year old refused and was struck by the man who ripped her blouse off her body.

Police visited the building with the alleged victim and her companion and Nioriega was identified as the assailant.

He was taken to the LEC by officers and when his identification was checked, the INS informed local police he was also an illegal alien wanted on criminal charges. and ordered him held.

He also faces second degree criminal sexual conduct charges after the alleged incident at the Palacio Bar building.

Juvenile assaulted

Austin police are still investigating the report of a male juvenile that he was assaulted at a party.

According to an Austin police report, in alleged victim said he went to a party at a 4th Drive Southwest residence Saturday night.

While he was there, he claimed he was assaulted by three male juveniles.

He was driven home by a friend and his parents observed his injuries and sought treatment before reporting the incident to police.

Cyclist charged

Scott Soderberg, 41, Austin, was injured in a car -- motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon.

Soderberg was taken to Austin Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Later he was charged with a traffic violation.

According to an Austin Police Department report, the mishap occurred at 12:44 p.m. Sunday along 16th Avenue SW.

Soderberg was on his motorcycle traveling eastbound on 16th Avenue SW when an automobile driven by Alyssa Roberts backed from a private drive into his path.

A Gold Cross Ambulance Service crew took Soderberg to AMC for treatment of possible injuries.

When investigating the mishap, Austin police discovered Soderberg had no endorsement on his Minnesota driver's license for operating a motorcycle and issued him a citation.

Lee Bonorden can be reached at 434-2232 or by e-mail at