Cellphone, Facebook profile used to find man who fled from police

Man faces charges of eluding

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IOWA CITY — A discarded cellphone and a Facebook page allowed University Heights police to track down a North Liberty man who fled from them earlier this year.

According to University Heights criminal complaints, around 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, 21-year-old Byron J. Yordy was spotted going 70 mph in a 25 mph zone on Melrose Avenue. Police said they pulled over Yordy, who stopped just east of Sunset Street. However, as the officer got out of his squad car to speak with Yordy, he suddenly sped off, police said.

Police said Yordy turned on to George Street, came to a stop and fled the vehicle on foot. The officer pursued him on foot, as well. Police said Yordy ran through backyards, jumped over fences and ultimately got away from the officer.

The officer recovered Yordy’s cellphone. Police said a cold, half full open can of Bud Light was found in the center console next to the driver’s seat. There were also two passengers in the vehicle, police said.

After speaking with some of Yordy’s acquaintances, police obtained Yordy’s phone number. Using that information, police found a Facebook page which was used to confirm Yordy’s identity as the man who fled from police.

Yordy has been arrested and faces charges of eluding, a Class D felony; and driving with a denied or revoked license, a serious misdemeanor. Yordy faces up to six years in prison for the two offenses.

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