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Police: Vinton man and Cedar Rapids woman arrested following early morning chase

Police arrested a Vinton man and a Cedar Rapids Woman early Wednesday morning following a police chase that ended when the suspect vehicle crashed into some construction vehicles.

According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, officers attempted to stop a pickup truck at 33 Avenue and Sixth Street SW at approximately 1:45 a.m. Police said the vehicle displayed license plates that did not match the truck.

Instead of pulling over, police said the truck sped southbound on Sixth Street SW, leading officers on a brief chase. The police department said officers slowed down and backed off when they neared a sign that indicated the road ahead was closed.

But the truck, police said, proceeded through the road closure at Walford Road and Sixth Street SW, crashing into some construction vehicles.

Police said the suspects inside the vehicle, who were later identified as Kody Joe Harris, 35, and April Nicole Baldwin, 37, bailed out of the vehicle and took off on foot. Police said a K-9 was deployed to help apprehend the suspects.

Police said the truck — a 1998 Chevrolet S10 — was reported stolen out of Burlington.

Harris faces charges of second-degree theft, interference with official acts, felony eluding and multiple traffic violations. Police said he also has active warrants from the United States Marshals Service and the Vinton Police Department One warrant, they said, was for probation violation — amphetamine.

Baldwin, who was a passenger in the vehicle, also had an active warrant for revocation of probation on forgery charges.

This is the second time Harris and Baldwin have been involved in a police chase in the past two months.

According to the Vinton Police Department, Harris was able to elude officers on August 9 after leading officers on a high-speed chase.

Police said officers lost sight of Harris on eh east side of Vinton when he hid the vehicle he was driving and ran into a densely wooded area near the Cedar River.

Officers searched the area, but were only able to locate Baldwin, who was riding in the suspect vehicle as a passenger, police said. Baldwin was arrested on a warrant out of Linn County, police said, and a warrant was issued for Harris.

Over the past two months, police had continued to look for Harris, be he had managed to stay below the radar until Wednesday’s incident.

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