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Grinnell man accused of leading Johnson County deputies on hourlong pursuit

Robert Julin
Robert Julin

IOWA CITY — A Grinnell man is accused of leading Johnson County deputies and state troopers on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

At 10:11 p.m. Wednesday, Robert C. Julin, 26, got into a vehicle that didn’t belong to him in the 300 block of South Clinton Street and took off, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa City Police Department. Authorities found the stolen vehicle, but Julin refused to stop.

The ensuing chase lasted about an hour, reached speeds exceeding 95 mph and went into Iowa County before returning to Johnson County.

During the pursuit, Julin ran over lawn furniture valued at less than $300 in North Liberty, the sheriff’s office said.

Julin faces charges of first-degree theft, eluding while participating in a felony, third-degree burglary of an unoccupied motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license and fifth-degree criminal mischief. He remains in the Johnson County Jail.

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