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Mason City chase

Law enforcement officials ended a chase Tuesday morning at the intersection of 19th Street Southwest and South Grover Avenue. 


MASON CITY | A Mason City man who led Iowa State Patrol troopers on a chase ending in southern Mason City Tuesday morning was found lying atop a stolen rifle in an apartment, according to troopers.

Elias Mendoza, 21, was charged with 11 simple misdemeanors when he was arrested after 8 a.m. at 19th Street Southwest and South Grover Avenue. He was wanted by Nebraska authorities for burglary/theft parole violations, according to law enforcement. 

A trooper pulled Mendoza over for a seat belt violation at Highways 65 and 18 at 7:54 a.m.

Mendoza threw a cigarette butt out the window after he stopped, court documents said. When the trooper requested a driver’s license, Mendoza fled in his vehicle, turning west on 240th Street, where troopers say he was traveling at 75 mph in a 55 mph zone and was passing vehicles in a no passing zone.

Troopers pursued Mendoza north on Taft Avenue and turned through Newman Catholic's parking lot. Mendoza was halted at 19th Street Southwest when a trooper made intentional contact with his vehicle. 

Troopers then pursued Mendoza for several blocks after he fled on foot, court documents said. Mendoza locked himself inside a residence in the 2200 block of 19th Street Southwest, and failed to open the door after several commands by police. 

Court documents say he was later located inside the residence, lying on top of a rifle.

The Mason City Police Department said the gun is stolen and is investigating that matter, according to the State Patrol. 

Mendoza is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail without bond. 

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.



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