Public Safety

Lisbon man charged after high-speed chase from Central City into Jones County

Hunter Campbell (VINELink)
Hunter Campbell (VINELink)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — A 37-year-old Lisbon man faces a number of charges after a high-speed chase that started in Central City and ended in Jones County.

Hunter D. Campbell, during an initial appearance in Linn County District Court on Wednesday, was charged with attempt to elude, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (third offense), possession of a controlled substance — marijuana, unlawful possession of a prescription drug, driving while license under suspension, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a criminal complaint.

Campbell fled from deputies who attempted to stop his vehicle about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for going 65 mph in a 20 mph zone at Fourth Street North and Commercial Street in Central City, according to the complaint. During the chase, Campbell “blew through” several stop signs as deputies pursued him with lights and sirens.

The pursuit continued north on Highway 13 from Central City as Campbell reached speeds of 90 mph in a 55 mph zone. He turned east on County Road D62, reaching speeds of 85 mph and continuing into Jones County.

A Monticello police officer eventually used “stop sticks” to disable Campbell’s vehicle at Stone Bridge Road, deflating the vehicle’s two front tires, after which Campbell pulled over, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers noted “several signs of insobriety” and saw several empty “shot-sized” alcohol bottles in plain view in his vehicle, the complaint said.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Monticello Police Department, the Jones County and Delaware County sheriff’s offices and the Iowa State Patrol.

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Campbell was released from prison in May and on parole for convictions last year of second-degree fraudulent practices — making false unemployment claims — and drunken driving, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections. He was sentenced to five years in prison and was released after nearly a year.

He also has previous convictions for drunken driving, stalking and interference with official acts.

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