Public Safety

Cedar Rapids man arrested after high-speed chase

CEDAR RAPIDS — Police said they arrested a Cedar Rapids man Wednesday after he fled from officers while driving a stolen vehicle.

Jason Buchanan Ross, 49, faces charges of second-degree theft, attempt to elude and interference with official acts, according to the criminal complaint.

Police said Ross was driving a 2000 GMC Savana that had been reported stolen Wednesday afternoon from the Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee parking lot. The keys had been left inside the Hayden Construction van, making it an easy target, officials said.

An officer later spotted the van in the 200 block of 12th Street NW.

Police said Ross was standing outside the vehicle, but when officers approached him, he jumped into the truck and drove away, leading “officers on a high-speed chase,” according to the complaint.

Police said Ross “violated multiple traffic laws” before crashing the van into a garage and chain-link fence at 260 Johnson Avenue NW, police said.

Ross then fled on foot and was later located hiding behind a shed.

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