Public Safety

Woman's car catches fire after high-speed chase, Cedar Rapids police say

Police lights. (MGN)
Police lights. (MGN)

A Cedar Rapids woman was arrested Thursday after police say she led officers on a high-speed chase that ended with her car catching fire.

According to the criminal complaint, officers attempted to stop Daisha Rae Gonzales, 26, near Center Point Road and 42nd Street NE.

When police activated their lights, Gonzales took off at a high rate of speed, leading officers on a chase that at times exceeded the speed limit by 25 miles per hour, according to the complaint.

During the chase, the complaint states “the defendant drove in the wrong direction from an exit ramp off Interstate 380 and committed a multitude of traffic violations in her efforts to elude officers.”

Police deployed “stop sticks” to stop the car, puncturing three tires on Gonzales’ vehicle, the complaint said.

The chase ended when Gonzales’ vehicle caught fire near the Hawkeye Convenience Store in the 1600 block of First Avenue, the complaint said.

Gonzales faces charges of attempt to elude, driving while barred and multiple traffic violations. Police said Gonzales’ license was barred on Jan. 3, 2018, for a period of two years.

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