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Cedar Rapids police: Two men arrested after leading officers on chase in stolen vehicle

Daniel Hodges and Thomas Preyear
Daniel Hodges and Thomas Preyear

CEDAR RAPIDS — Two men arrested over the weekend are accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle.

Officers on patrol at 7 p.m. Saturday saw a silver 2009 Hyundai Accent with two male occupants driving in the area 15th Street and Bever Avenue SE, according to a criminal complaint.

The vehicle, police said, had been reported stolen between midnight Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. The keys had been left in the vehicle, police said.

When officers attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle took off.

Police gave chase, according to the complaint, as the vehicle sped through the southeast neighborhood at 25 mph or more over the posted limit. At one point, police said, the vehicle was clocked going 80 mph in a 25-mph zone.

During the chase, the Hyundai struck multiple objects, including an Alliant Energy electrical box in an alleyway, police said.

Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said the pursuing officer backed off and ended the chase when the vehicle blew through stop signs and other traffic control devices and passed several cars “in an unsafe manner.”

The stolen vehicle was located a short time later parked in the 1400 block of Third Avenue SE. The two occupants — Daniel Leroy Hodges, 23, of Coralville, and Thomas Lavelle Preyear, 53, of Iowa City — were hiding in the area.


Preyear was arrested in the 1400 block of Washington Avenue, police said, while Hodges was found hiding underneath the deck of a residence in the 1400 block of Third Avenue SE.

Police said a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine was found in the vehicle’s driver-side door.

Hodges faces charges of second-degree theft, attempt to elude, interference with official acts, possession of drug paraphernalia and multiple traffic violations. Police said Hodges also has an active warrant out of Johnson County charging him with third-degree burglary and third-degree theft.

Preyear faces charges of unlawful possession of prescription drugs and interference with official acts. Police said he has an active warrant out of Bremer County charging him with possession of drug paraphernalia and a second warrant in Johnson County for drug charges.

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