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Cedar Rapids man will serve 11 years in federal prison on gun charge

He has previous convictions of domestic assault, drug trafficking

CEDAR RAPIDS — A felon, who had a gun and led police on a high-speed chase and was eventually Tased after he got out of his vehicle, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 11 years in prison.

Ivan Clark, 39, of Cedar Rapids, pleaded guilty in January to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Court documents show Clark’s wife called police Oct. 17, saying Clark had assaulted her on multiple occasions, including pointing a gun at his head. She described the gun to police but when officers came to Clark’s home, he had already left in his vehicle. Clark, who was stopped near the house at a stop sign with his lights off, drove off when officers approached the vehicle.

Clark then led officers on a chase, reaching speeds of 50 mph in a 25 mph zone, before driving back home. He then attempted to go inside the house, banging on the front door, and then put his revolver through the door mail slot.

He then resisted arrest and officers eventually had to use a Taser on him. Clark’s blood alcohol level was .091 percent at the time. The legal driving limit is .08 in Iowa.

During sentencing, U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade noted this was Clark’s third conviction in federal court. He was previously convicted of drug trafficking crimes in Illinois and Iowa courts. She also said Clark had a lengthy history of ignoring the law and assaultive behavior, including domestic assault.

Reade said Clark was a danger to the community and at high-risk to commit crimes in the future.

Reade sentenced Clark to 137 months in federal prison. She also ordered him to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term.

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