Public Safety

Traffic stop by Hiawatha police leads to chase that spanned two counties, ending near West Branch High School

The Hiawatha Police Department at 101 Emmons Street in the lower lever of the City Hall building on Monday, September 15, 2014. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
The Hiawatha Police Department at 101 Emmons Street in the lower lever of the City Hall building on Monday, September 15, 2014. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

HIAWATHA — Three Illinois men face fraudulent use of credit card charges after being pursued by law enforcement officers through two counties Friday.

Police attempted to stop a vehicle “associated with the fraudulent use of multiple stolen credit card numbers” at 10:08 a.m., according to a Hiawatha Police Department news release.

Officers blocked the path of the vehicle, but it managed to leave a parking lot, headed south from Blairs Ferry Road NE on Center Point Road.

Hiawatha police ended on the pursuit for precautionary reasons before the busy intersection of Center Point Road 51st Street NE.

The Iowa State Patrol used its airplane to keep the vehicle in sight. Law enforcement agencies put down tire deflation devices ahead of the car, but without success.

The vehicle continued south on Interstate 380 and then east on Interstate 80, according to police.

At one point, the vehicle stopped at a convenience store and “quickly switched drivers,” before continuing east on I-80, according to the release.

The vehicle left the interstate at Herbert Hoover Highway and continued northeast, when it appeared to experience mechanical difficulties, slowing to roughly 45 mph.

Officers used a tire deflation device to stop the vehicle near West Branch High School.

The three men in the car were arrested and were in the Linn County Jail on Friday evening.

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They are Dwayne M. Spraggins, 27, of Chicago, charged with ongoing criminal conduct and two counts of forgery involving a credit card; Antwan D. Green, 32, of Chicago, charged with ongoing criminal conduct, two counts of forgery involving a credit card and felony eluding; and Lamark D. Green, 28, of Hazel Crest, Ill., charged with one count of forgery involving a credit card and felony eluding.

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