VENTURA | A Ventura man led law enforcement on a police chase spanning four counties on Christmas Day, officials said.

Justin Thomas Glidden, 30, was driving a green 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue at about 12:22 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25, at the intersection of 237th Street and Balsam Avenue, south of Ventura, when a Cerro Gordo County deputy attempted to stop him for a traffic violation.

According to court documents, Glidden refused to stop and continued to elude deputies.

The pursuit continued west into Hancock County on gravel roads before entering Wright County on gravel roads and some paved county roads.

Speeds at some points reached 90 mph, the sheriff’s department said in a release.

“The driver made no attempt to stop and fled in excess of 25 mph over the posted speed limit,” the criminal complaint said.

Law enforcement continued to pursue Glidden along the outskirts of Belmond before re-entering Cerro Gordo County in Meservey then into Franklin County on Balsam Avenue.

Glidden then turned east onto County Road C13, continued for a mile and attempted to slow down for a turn at Cardinal Avenue in Franklin County.

A Cerro Gordo County deputy intentionally made contact with Glidden’s car in a PIT maneuver and stopped the pursuit.

A Cerro Gordo County patrol car and a Hancock County patrol car sustained minor damage during the pursuit. The Oldsmobile sustained disabling damage. There were no injuries.

After Glidden was caught, law enforcement discovered he had a barred driving status. Glidden has two prior driving while barred charges in Cerro Gordo County in the past two years, according to court records. 

Glidden was charged with:

  • Eluding law enforcement vehicle
  • Driving while barred
  • Driving under suspension
  • Driving while license denied, suspended or canceled
  • Improper use of registration
  • Operation without registration
  • Failure to obey traffic control device  
  • Failure to wear/maintain safety belts

Glidden was booked in the Cerro Gordo County Jail and is held for $1,000. No court date has been set.

Belmond Police, Iowa State Patrol, Hancock, Wright and Franklin County Sheriff’s Offices assisted in the pursuit.


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




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