Driver Arrested after Brief High-Speed Chase in Manchester

A driver was arrested after a brief high-speed chase in Manchester on Tuesday afternoon.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Jon Stickney tells KMCH the incident started around 3 pm on the west end of town when a white Ford Expedition failed to yield at the intersection of Highway 13 and West Main Street by Runde’s, pulling out in front of Stickney’s trooper vehicle.

Trooper Stickney attempted to pull over the SUV, but it didn’t stop – leading to a pursuit. Stickney broke it off as they passed Bob Stephen Motors – after the fleeing SUV reached speeds of 80 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone.

Trooper Stickney tells KMCH he slowed down and continued to follow from a distance as the SUV made its way downtown and then north onto Madison Street. The SUV driver ran a stop sign at Madison and Fayette Street and headed north for several blocks before turning west onto Union, jumping onto North Franklin and heading north out of town.

The pursuit resumed north of Manchester on Highway 13, with Iowa State Patrol Trooper Chris Jannsen and Manchester Police Officer Brad Comer joining in. The driver turned into a farm field before getting out of his vehicle and attempting to flee on foot. He was apprehended in the Sunset Beach area minutes after the initial chase started.

No one was hurt and no injuries were reported.

The driver, 30-year old Brandon Lee of Cedar Rapids, was transported to the Delaware County Jail and faces several charges, including Speeding (80 mph in a 25 mph zone), Eluding, Reckless Driving, Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign and Driving While Suspended.