Public Safety

Iowa City man arrested after high-speed chase in northeast Cedar Rapids

Kendale Jones
Kendale Jones

CEDAR RAPIDS — An Iowa City man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through northeast Cedar Rapids.

According to the criminal complaint, officers clocked a 2018 Hyundai Tucson going 78 mph in a 60 mph zone around 1:15 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 380 northbound near Collins Road NE.

Cedar Rapids police said officers initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle appeared to slow as it exited the interstate onto Collins Road NE toward Center Point Road NE.

Police said the vehicle stopped for a moment near Center Point Road and Werner Avenue NE, but as the officer left his vehicle, the Hyundai sped off and ran a red light at Center Point Road and 42nd Street NE.

As the pursuit continued, officers said the vehicle reached speeds up to 100 mph before getting on I-380 southbound.

Police said the vehicle finally came to a stop after Linn County deputies deployed stop sticks at the Wright Brothers Boulevard exit.

Police identified the driver as Kendale Jones, 22. He faces charges of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), attempt to elude, driving while license is under suspension, reckless driving and multiple traffic violations.

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Jones also had warrants for revocation out of Linn County on forgery, two counts of third-degree robbery and absence from custody charges.

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