MASON CITY | An Ames man has been arrested for eluding a sheriff’s deputy Tuesday night in Mason City, law enforcement says.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release one of its deputies attempted to stop a vehicle near State Street and First Street Northeast around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The driver, Alex Welch, 25, of Ames, refused to stop his green Chevy Malibu, the sheriff’s office said, and attempted to elude the deputy. Speeds reached at least 50 mph during the pursuit, court documents say. 

The pursuit went east on State Street, west on First Street Northeast, north on North Connecticut, east on Second Street Northeast, north on North Massachusetts and continued north, where the vehicle was disabled when it crossed railroad tracks, according to the sheriff’s office.

Two people from the vehicle fled on foot, the sheriff’s office said, and Welch was captured after a brief foot pursuit. Welch’s passenger was identified but was not charged with any crimes.

Welch has been charged with a number of misdemeanors: eluding a law enforcement vehicle, carrying a dangerous weapon (expandable baton), possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while barred. He is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $6,000 bond. 

No injuries were reported during the pursuit.

The Mason City Police Department provided assistance. 

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