Police Officer Injured and Oelwein Man Arrested after Vehicle Chase

One person has been arrested following a vehicle chase in the Oelwein area late Monday night.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy tried stopping 26-year old Blayze Harding’s vehicle on Highway 150 south of Oelwein, but he failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. During the chase, his vehicle hit a police vehicle.

The Oelwein police officer involved was transported to Mercy Hospital – his injuries are not known.

Neither Harding nor his passenger were hurt.

Harding was arrested and faces several charges, including Eluding, Driving While Barred and Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana.

The case remains under investigation and more charges are pending.