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Man faces drug charges after high-speed chase

The Iowa State Patrol took a 21-year-old man into custody on April 5 following a high-speed chase. While the man was charged with a number of offenses in Iowa, he is also wanted in Florida on a second-degree murder charge. He is awaiting extradition to Florida.

Court records and a press release say that a trooper initially tried to stop the man as he was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 218 near Nashua in a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. In the chase that followed, the man reportedly reached speeds of more than 100 mph. The chase carried on into Bremer County where a deputy attempted to stop the man using stop sticks. This was unsuccessful, and officials claim that the man tried to run over the deputy although he was unable to. The chase continued into Black Hawk County where the man was eventually detained while on foot.

Police say that he had a package of rolling paper in his car and 80 grams of marijuana. He also initially gave a fake name until his fingerprints in an FBI database revealed his identity. The man is facing several felony charges including eluding and assault on persons in certain occupations with intent to injure, failure to affix drug tax stamp and possession with intent to deliver marijuana as well as several misdemeanors.

These types of drug charges can be serious even if a person is not wanted in connection with other cases. A person may want to talk to an attorney about whether charges could be reduced or dismissed or whether a court trial might be the right option. For example, in some cases, the prosecution might offer a plea bargain that involves pleading guilty to reduced charges and receiving a lighter sentence. If a person's rights were violated, evidence might be dismissed.

Source: Community Newspaper Group, "Florida man held for eluding, drug charges, wanted for murder," 4/6/2018

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