Public Safety

Linn County Sheriffs apprehend white BMW driver wanted from Jones County

A Linn County Sheriff’s Office squad car. (file photo)
A Linn County Sheriff’s Office squad car. (file photo)

UPDATE TO THE STORY

The person involved in a pursuit that spanned two counties has been identified as Michael Woodward, 34 of Cedar Rapids.

Woodward has been taken into custody by Linn County Deputies and taken to the Linn County Jail on charges of attempting to elude, 5th degree theft, interference with official acts, driving while barred, and numerous traffic violations.

PREVIOUS STORY

According to a release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, a pursuit from Jones County traveling toward Linn County remains ongoing.

On August 17, 2018 at noon a 2003 white BMW was seen leaving Jones County traveling westbound on Monticello Road.

The Jones County Sheriff’s Office has asked if the driver of the vehicle is located, that they be stoped and held for an incident the Jones County Sheriff’s department is currently investigating.

A Linn County Deputy previously found the vehicle and attempted to stop it when they were traveling westbound on County Home Road at the intersection with Alburnett Road. The driver did not pull over, and the deputy’s lights and siren were activated.

A pursuit soon reached speeds that were deemed unsafe for the public, so the deputy backed off.

The BMW continued westbound on County Home Road and was lost in the vicinity of Norman Drive.

The BMW was then found unoccupied behind a building in the 3100 block of Norman Drive.

A search of the area by a Cedar Rapids Police K-9 unit and Linn County Sheriff K-9 unit was unsuccessful.

The driver of the vehicle remains at large and has multiple pending charges.

The license plates on the vehicle were found to be stolen out of Cedar Rapids.

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Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the driver of the BMW is asked to contact the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

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