Public Safety

Driver leads state trooper on chase, with speeds topping 105 miles per hour

Illinois man arrested, had felony warrant

IOWA CITY — An Illinois man is accused of leading state troopers on chase through Johnson County with speeds reaching 105 miles per hour before fleeing on foot.

Antonio Brown, 23, was arrested around 2 p.m. Monday on suspicion of interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor, and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, an aggravated misdemeanor. Officers also realized Brown has had a warrant in Iowa City out for his arrest after a domestic abuse incident.

The chase began when a trooper in an unmarked vehicle clocked a gray sedan with an Illinois plate going 103 miles per hour southbound on I-380 and attempted to pull the car over. The driver initially signaled to stop before accelerating and changing lanes.

The vehicle, a Ford Fusion, was a rental car that was not rented to Brown. The air bags deployed and the car sustained “substantial damage.” according to the complaint.

The chase continued when the driver excited on to I-80 westbound and was “driving aggressively, making unsafe lane changes, passing on the right and following too close,” according to a criminal complaint.

The driver took exit 230 toward Oxford before going off the roadway and hitting an embankment. The complaint said the driver then fled on foot up a hill and through a construction area, down the hill and toward the interstate before being taken into custody.

Officers found what appeared to be two plastic bags of marijuana in the vehicle, which Brown said he purchased that day in Cedar Rapids, according to the complaint. Brown told officers he was unaware the trooper was trying to pull him over and he ran because he didn’t have his ID.

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An aggravated misdemeanor is punishable by up to two years in prison while a serious misdemeanor could mean up to a year in jail. A simple misdemeanor can be punishable by up to 30 days in jail.

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