A man was arrested after leading authorities on a high speed chase in Linn and Jones counties early Thursday morning.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year old Jack Berry Jr. of Cedar Rapids was taken into custody. Authorities discovered a four-year old child in his vehicle after the pursuit ended. The child was not injured.
The Sheriff’s Office says the chase started around 1:45 am when a Linn County deputy tried stopping a blue GMC Yukon for traveling 95 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour speed zone on Highway 151 in rural Springville. The vehicle didn’t stop and continued north on Highway 151 towards Anamosa.
The vehicle continued traveling at near-normal highway speeds, exiting Highway 151 in Anamosa and heading west on Highway 64 near Wyoming. Officers from the Anamosa PD, deputies with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Iowa State Patrol assisted in the pursuit, successfully deploying tire deflation devices on the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle continued south of Wyoming, where Berry eventually lost control at the intersection of County Roads X75 and E45 in Jones County about a half hour after the chase started.
Berry faces multiple charges, including operating while intoxicated, child endangerment, speeding and attempting to elude. He also had an outstanding warrant out of Clinton County for third degree burglary.
The child found in his vehicle was released to a relative. Berry was transported to jail.