Public Safety

Police arrest 23-year-old man after Monday night chase

CEDAR RAPIDS — Police arrested a 23-year-old man Monday night after he allegedly led officers on a high-speed chase on the southwest side of the city.

According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, officers responded just before midnight to the 4100 block of Thomas Drive SW for reports of a burglary at AMTek and a stolen vehicle at Viessman Tank Wash.

While en route, police said a caller advised officers that there was a shirtless man running around in the AMTek parking lot.

As officers pulled into the parking lot, police said they saw a Chevrolet pickup leaving without its headlights on. The truck then turned onto 41st Avenue Drive SW and headed toward Bowling Street SW.

The driver did not pull over when police signaled for the truck to stop.

With officers in pursuit, police said the vehicle turned north on Bowling Street SW, driving on the wrong side of the street. Police said the vehicle was weaving and appeared to be losing control.

At times, police said the truck reached 60 miles per hour on Bowling Street. Police placed spike strips at the Wilson Avenue intersection, and the truck started to slow down as the tires deflated, stopping at the intersection at Hawthorne Drive SW.

The driver, identified as Jason Michael Lafler, was arrested and taken to Linn County Jail.

Through their investigation, police said it was determined the vehicle Lafler was driving, a 1992 Chevrolet C1500, was stolen from the parking lot of PickWick at 4200 Thomas Drive SW. Before the chase, police said Lafler was seen leaving Viessman Tank Wash and getting into a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado that belonged to Viessman’s Tank Wash, crashing it into a fence, and then fleeing the scene on foot.

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Lafler faces charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, attempt to elude, reckless driving, operating while intoxicated, and two counts of second-degree theft. Lafler also faces a number of traffic violations.

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