Police find drug suspect in cornfield after car chase

Two Cedar Rapids residents arrested after chase

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Two Cedar Rapids residents were taken into custody after a car chase and brief search through a cornfield Thursday.

Clayton D. Gregory, 36, was brought in on a federal warrant for distributing methamphetamine, with other charges pending, the Cedar Rapids Police Department reported.

Shelby L. Holland, 23, was charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

CRPD attempted to stop a 2009 Dodge Caliber at 11:38 a.m. Thursday near J Street and Wilson Avenue SW as part of a drug investigation, police reported.

Holland, the driver, led officers on a chase at speeds around 35 mph until she stopped the car in the 3700 block of 21st Street SW and bailed out, police said.

“At that time, the male passenger jumped into the driver’s seat and took off at a high rate of speed,” CRPD reported.

Gregory drove the car to 26th Street SW south of 60th Avenue, where he got out and ran into a cornfield, police said.

Police, believing Gregory was armed with a handgun, set up a perimeter around the field. Just before 12:30 p.m., a police canine and officers apprehended Gregory, who suffered a dog bite to the arm, police reported.

Gregory was taken to UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital to be treated for the bite and will be transported to the Linn County Jail.

Police Spokesman Greg Buelow said police have not yet located a handgun, but did find magazine clips. The search through the field last 30-45 minutes in 90-degree heat, he said.

“It’s awful conditions out there near the corn.”

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