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High-speed chase across Linn and Johnson Counties; Clear Creek Amana locked down as precaution

Farmer picking beans sees suspects steal his truck, police report

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A search for two people accused of leading police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 380 before stealing a farmer’s truck near Oxford caused some Clear Creek Amana schools to be locked down for nearly two hours Thursday.

The male and female suspects had not been found late Thursday afternoon, but police did not think they were a danger to the community.

“There is no credible evidence that the suspects are a specific threat to anyone,” Cedar Rapids police Spokesman Greg Buelow said. “However, we would recommend vigilance especially when they already stole a vehicle in an effort to elude law enforcement.”

Just after noon Thursday, Cedar Rapids police tried to stop a speeding Honda Civic driving south on I-380 near Wright Brothers Boulevard, police reported. “They were speeding, but also potential suspects in an investigation,” Buelow said.

The car accelerated to speeds up to 100 mph before exiting at North Liberty and driving west on County Road F28, where police lost sight of the car. By that time, Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies and Iowa State Patrol troopers were involved in the chase.

“Outside of Oxford on Lower Old Highway 6 road and Lower Oxford Road, the suspects drove into a farm field driveway,” police reported. “A farmer was in the area picking beans and saw two suspects get into his full-size Ford pickup.”

Law enforcement officers spotted the stolen truck and pursued it to an area west of Half Moon Avenue near Highway 6, where the man and woman got out of the truck and fled on foot into a wooded area and ravine, police reported.

Law enforcement agencies continued the search, which included use of aircraft, for more than three hours.

“They (the suspects) either got picked up by somebody or they’re still hiding out,” Buelow said.

Clear Creek’s Tiffin schools were locked down from 1-2:45 p.m. as a precautionary measure, Superintendent Tim Kuehl said.

Buelow declined to describe the investigation with which the man and woman are linked or whether police searched the Civic.

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