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MASON CITY | A Charles City man has been arrested after a high-speed chase early Wednesday in Mason City, police say.

The Mason City Police Department said in a news release an officer attempted to stop a 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass around 3:48 a.m. for speeding and a stop sign violation near Highway 122 and South Pennsylvania Avenue.

Police say the driver, Andrew Kroeze, 22, Charles City, refused to stop and accelerated eastbound on Highway 122.

Kroeze went a short distance outside city limits, turned around and then drove back into Mason City at a high rate of speed, according to police, who said they were unable to use stop sticks due to high speeds and directional changes. Speeds during the pursuit exceeded 100 mph, court documents say. 

Kroeze then continued eastbound into Mason City on Highway 122 at a high rate of speed. A Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputy intentionally struck Kroeze’s vehicle near Highway 122 and Illinois, disabling both vehicles and ending the pursuit.

Police say there were no injuries and no property damage, other than the two vehicles that collided. The Iowa State Patrol is conducting the collision investigation.

Kroeze was arrested at the scene for:

• Felony eluding.

• Misdemeanor escape from custody in Webster County.

• Parole and probation revocation/violation.

He has also been charged with misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as felony possess and convey contraband into a correctional facility.

During the booking process and vehicle impound and tow, officers say they found additional contraband.

Kroeze had meth hidden on his person that he tried to conceal, displace, or discard at the Cerro Gordo County Jail, according to police. Court documents say he attempted to conceal the drugs by clenching his fists. 

He is being held without bond. 


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