“Before the incident Wednesday, Aberg was working as a certified nursing assistant. She has a degree from Southwestern Community College in Creston and was thinking of pursuing her registered nursing degree.”
Parents “shocked” at Clive mother’s arrest
Blog post by Regina Zilbermints • email@example.com • June 3, 2010
Jessica Aberg’s parents say they don’t know what prompted their daughter to lead Urbandale police on a chase Wednesday, but they wonder if a recent change in medication may be to blame.
For now, they are busy taking care of their daughter’s children, who were in her car during the pursuit.
“We don’t know what happened. We don’t know what triggered it. We don’t know what started it,” said her father, Don Aberg of Winterset.
Jessica Aberg, 30, of Clive, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition marked by fatigue and chronic pain, about three months ago.
Her doctors recently changed her medication to Cymbalta. The anti-depressant is an approved treatment for fibromyalgia but its label warns patients to be especially observant for behavioral changes in the first few months.
Before the incident Wednesday, Aberg was working as a certified nursing assistant. She has a degree from Southwestern Community College in Creston and was thinking of pursuing her registered nursing degree.
Don Aberg said Jessica Aberg was “a good mother and a good daughter.”
He said Thursday that his 3-year-old grandson is too young to understand what happened, but his 7-year-old granddaughter is devastated.
“When we got them, she said ‘Grandpa, it was a terrible day,’” he said.
Jessica Aberg is facing 22 charges after the chase, including eluding, child endangerment, assault on a police officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The incident started when Aberg hit another vehicle on 100th Street in Urbandale and didn’t stop.
Instead, she lead police through the city and onto Interstate Highway 35/80. She was stopped just east of the mixmaster when at least nine police cars boxed her in.
Police used that method to stop her because she had children in the car, said Urbandale police Sgt. Dan Stein.
Aberg has no previous criminal record beyond minor traffic violations. She is being held at the Polk County Jail on a $25,300 cash-only bond. A preliminary hearing is set for June 11.