Public Safety

Palo man leads Linn County Deputies on high speed chase

A high-speed chase that started with a traffic stop near Palo ended up first in a field and then in a ditch.

According to a media release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, at 7:50 a.m. Friday, deputies noted a vehicle was being driven by Timothy A. Nelson, 30, of Palo on Blairs Ferry Road near Palo. According to the release, deputies were aware upon seeing the vehicle that Nelson did not have a valid driver’s license and had active warrants for his arrest.

As a deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop on Nelson’s vehicle, Nelson refused to stop, instead taking off at a high rate at speed.

The ensuing chase went through Palo on Blairs Ferry Road, according to the release, heading to Hollenbeck Road and then Fletcher Road. At this point, Nelson turned into a field going west. At approximately 8 a.m., officers say Nelson then crashed in a ditch near Yates Road. Nelson then fled on foot with his dog, according to the release.

Deputies pursued Nelson on foot, taking him into custody. While he was being taken into custody, Nelson’s dog bit one of the deputies. The deputy was treated for the dog bite and released at an area hospital, according to the release. Nelson and his dog were not injured during the incident.

According to the release, Nelson was arrested on the arrest warrants, driving while barred, operating while intoxicated or drugged, interference with official acts with injury, possession of prescription drugs and faces multiple traffic charges.

The Hiawatha Police Department and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the incident.

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