Public Safety

Complaint: Local man leads police on high-speed chase in stolen minivan

A Cedar Rapids man faces a multitude of charges after he allegedly led officers on a high-speed chase Sunday while driving a stolen vehicle.

According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, officers were patrolling at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday in the area of Van Vechten Park at 12th Avenue and 19th Street SE, when they spotted a 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan that was reported stolen in November 2018 out of Illinois.

The complaint states police initiated a traffic stop, but the driver — who was later identified as Donnell M. Cole, 30 — refused to stop, instead leading officers on a high-speed pursuit heading west on McCarthy Road and turning north on 19th Street SE. Cole then headed east on Mount Vernon Road SE before turning north on East Post Road, heading toward Marion.

While on East Post Road, officials said a Marion police officer was able to successfully deploy stop sticks at Lakeside Drive NE to disable the vehicle. Cole then turned south on Armar Drive NE, a dead-end street where the vehicle came to a stop.

The complaint states Cole then bailed out of the vehicle and attempted to run, but was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit.

Cole faces charges of first-degree theft, attempt to elude, and interference with official acts, as well as several traffic violations.

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