Public Safety

Cedar Rapids man arrested after pursuit in Linn, Jones counties

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man was arrested early Thursday after leading Linn County deputies on a high-speed chase on Highway 151 from Springville into Jones County.

Jack William Berry, 31, faces multiple charges, including operating while intoxicated, attempting to elude, child endangerment and speeding. He also had an outstanding warrant out of Clinton County for third-degree burglary, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said.

Linn County deputies attempted to stop a blue GMC Yukon just before 2 a.m. as it was traveling at 95 miles per hour on the highway near Linn Grove Road, according to the sheriff’s office. The speed limit is 65 mph on the highway.

The car failed to pull over and sped toward Anamosa, then turning southeast onto Highway 64 toward Wyoming, Iowa.

The chase continued through Wyoming until the driver lost control of the SUV near Jones County Roads X75 and 345.

A 4-year-old child was found in the vehicle, the sheriff’s office, adding officers did not know a child was in the SUV. The child was not injured and was released to a relative.

Officers with the Anamosa Police Department, the Jones County Sheriff’s office and Iowa State Patrol assisted with the pursuit, deploying tire deflation devices on the road.

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