Manchester Man Leads Authorities on Dubuque County Chase

A Manchester man led authorities on a vehicle pursuit in Dubuque County on Saturday afternoon.

Dyersville Police Chief Brent Schroeder says around 3 pm, he was dispatched to a home at 617 1st Street North in Dyersville for a 911 hang-up. The door was kicked in, with the suspect leaving in a silver Ford Taurus.

Schroeder says he was northbound on 2nd Street Northeast when he met the suspect’s vehicle. He tried pulling the vehicle over, but the driver didn’t stop. New Vienna officer Jon Sodawasser also tried stopping the vehicle, but the suspect drove around the officer’s vehicle. With lights and sirens on, the suspect led the two officers on a chase through Dyersville, traveling more than 25 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. Schroeder says the suspect ran numerous stop signs and traffic devices and even hit a vehicle during the chase, which didn’t result in any injuries.

Eventually, the two officers got on Highway 20 eastbound at Wuchter Road and followed the suspect, who was now traveling more than 80 miles per hour. Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol were also now involved. Deputies deployed stop sticks on Highway 20, with the suspect’s vehicle finally coming to a stop about two miles west of Farley.

The suspect, 31-year old Melvin Earl Liggins Jr. of Manchester, was arrested. Police say he had bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled like alcohol and he had a revoked license.

Liggins has been charged with Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense, Driving While Revoked and OWI-Offense and Criminal Mischief. Additional charges are pending.