MASON CITY | A Mason City man was arrested after eluding police Thursday afternoon.

King Allah James, 27, is accused of failing to stop for the Iowa State Patrol on Interstate 35 and continuing on until stopped at Highway 122 and Lark Avenue. 

James claimed he knew he had existing warrants and was trying to drive to the jail, according to court documents.

James was driving a black 1996 Chevrolet Suburban southbound on Interstate 35 when a state trooper attempted to stop the vehicle for no registration around 12:30 p.m., court documents said.  

“I changed lanes from the outside to inside lane, pulling up alongside the defendant to show him a fully-marked Iowa State Patrol vehicle with lights and sirens on near the 200 mile marker,” the trooper wrote in the criminal complaint.

The trooper said James continued south, taking the off-ramp at the 194 mile marker. 

He eventually stopped as he was approaching Cerro Gordo County deputies who had stop sticks in place at Highway 122 and Lark Avenue, according to the criminal complaint. 

“The defendant admitted to me after Miranda warning that he didn't stop because he knew he had warrants and he wanted to drive to jail,” the trooper wrote in court documents. 

The criminal complaint says James is also accused of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle on the interstate, passing vehicles on the right shoulder and going through a red light at Willow Creek Court.

In addition to eluding law enforcement, James was charged with:

• Driving while barred.

• Driving while license suspended.

• Operation without registration.

• Failure to provide proof of financial liability.

• Improper overtaking on the right.

• Vehicle failure to respond to steady red light.

James is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail. A hold has been placed for a terroristic threats charge from Blue Earth County in Minnesota. 

A court date hasn't been set for the Cerro Gordo County charges. 

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