Public Safety

Iowa City man faces charges after stealing car, evading arrest

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man faces multiple charges after stealing a car and leading police on a chase when officers tried to recover the vehicle.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, the victim reported that his 2013 Honda Pilot had been stolen from the attached garage at his home. Authorities said the keys had been left in the vehicle.

The victim found his vehicle parked at 2040 Broadway St. a short time later and saw 18-year-old Victor B. Jones get into the vehicle and drive away, police said. Police said the victim followed Jones in another vehicle and called in the location to authorities.

Officers observed Jones driving the stolen vehicle near the intersection of Keokuk Street and Crosspark Avenue and attempted a traffic stop. Police said Jones sped south on Keokuk Street and turned east on Sandusky Drive. He made it about a block before driving into a yard and bailing from the vehicle, police said.

Jones ran from officers but was caught on Sandusky Drive. Police said Jones resisted arrest until the use of a Taser was threatened. Jones was taken into custody and hospitalized for exertion due to his attempt to flee. He now faces charges of first-degree theft, a Class C felony; second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; eluding, a serious misdemeanor; and interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.

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