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Cedar Rapids motorcyclist accused of hitting marked trooper after chase

Motorcycle hit speeds of up to 152 mph, officials say

A motorcyclist out of Cedar Rapids was jailed on the Fourth of July after a trooper pilot clocked him from the air driving on Highway 218 in Johnson County at speeds of up to 152 mph, according to a criminal complaint.

Travis Hostetler, 28, was first spotted by a trooper in an Iowa State Patrol aircraft driving a motorcycle south on Highway 218 at 3:43 p.m. Wednesday, according to the complaint. He was clocked at a speed of 95 mph in a 65 mph zone, the State Patrol reported, and a trooper in a squad car activated his lights and siren as Hostetler exited the highway at Melrose Avenue.

With the officer following, Hostetler is accused of running the red light at the Melrose intersection, turning east on Melrose and then making a u-turn in traffic to head west on Melrose and re-enter Highway 218, heading north, according to a criminal complaint.

As Hostetler accelerated north on Highway 218, the State Patrol aircraft clocked his speed at 152 mph as ground troopers pursued, the complaint shows. Hostetler slowed to pass between cars near the construction zone at the Interstate 80-Interstate 380 interchange, according to troopers, and he collided with a fully-marked State Patrol vehicle that had its lights activated to warn motorists of the pursuit.

Hostetler was arrested on suspicion of eluding authorities and driving while barred as his license was revoked for being a habitual offender until May 2015.

The trooper who was involved in the collision that ended the pursuit was not injured, although he was taken to the hospital for a routine check, according to Iowa State Patrol spokeswoman Jessica Lown.

“The motorcycle was going at a very low speed when they made contact,” Lown said.The trooper pilot was in the air over Johnson County after helping out with a Fourth of July enforcement effort near the eastern edge of the state.