Police: Cedar Rapids man found asleep in stolen vehicle, leads officers on parking lot chase

Small bag of heroin found in vehicle, reports say

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CORALVILLE — A Cedar Rapids man was found sleeping in a stolen vehicle.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, a red 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer was reported stolen out of Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. Around 12:44 a.m. Thursday, a deputy spotted the Trailblazer parked at the Coral Ridge Mall. Police found 27-year-old Shawn A. Morrison sleeping inside the vehicle.

When authorities tried to talk to Morrison, he put the Trailblazer in gear and sped off in an attempt to flee. However, police had placed stop sticks in front of the vehicle, which resulted in two deflated tires on the Trailblazer.

Nonetheless, Morrison continued to attempt to evade capture, driving around the mall parking lot until he hit a “decorative landscaping island” and became stuck, police said. Morrison was placed into custody.

A search of the vehicle turned up a small bag of heroin. Morrison allegedly told police he bought $80 worth of heroin earlier and shot up half of it. He has a previous possession of a controlled substance violation out of Linn County from 2007, police said.

Morrison was arrested and faces charges of second-degree theft, a Class D felony; possession of a controlled substance — second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor; and eluding, a serious misdemeanor; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor and one count of interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor. If convicted of all of the offenses, Morrison faces more than eight years in prison.

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