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ROCKWELL - A Mason City man was arrested after fleeing law enforcement, driving a van through a garage door, possessing meth and more during an hours long incident near Rockwell.

Terry Leroy Arp, 29, was charged with misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine - second offense, trespassing, driving while barred, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating without owner's consent, third degree criminal mischief and failure to maintain control.  

At about 1 a.m. Monday, Cerro Gordo County Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Rockwell Care Center at 707 East Elm Street in Rockwell.

While en route, deputies came into contact with the suspected vehicle driving northbound on Highway 65.

The vehicle fled from the deputies into a field before the driver fled on foot, abandoning the vehicle at a property in the 11000 block of Owl Avenue.

“After an extensive search, Deputies were unable to locate the suspect at that time,” the sheriff’s office said in a release.

Deputies were called back to the area after 4 a.m.

According to the sheriff’s office, a witness reported seeing a vehicle flee the area at a high rate of speed.

When deputies arrived, they found an unoccupied 1994 Dodge van in a ditch near Partridge Avenue and 200th Street.

“The vehicle had been stolen from a nearby building by driving it through a closed garage door,” the sheriff’s office said.

According to court documents, Arp entered an unoccupied garage and drove the van that was inside through two closed garage doors “without permission of the owner.” The estimated damage sustained to the garage doors is over $500.

Arp was identified on video camera pulling up to a property, court documents said.

During the investigation at the scene, another 911 call was taken in the 16000 block of 200th Street involving a suspicious subject on the property.

Arp was found hiding in a shed on the property and was arrested.

During the investigation, deputies discovered small plastic baggie containing methamphetamine inside a lunch cooler in his vehicle.

A pink bag containing several used syringes and small plastic baggies was also found.  

“The container had a rubber band wrapped around it that is indicative to IV drug use,” court documents said.

Arp is held in Cerro Gordo County Jail on seven bonds totaling $14,600, according to jail records. No court date has been set.

The case is under investigation

Arp also had outstanding warrants for driving while barred and third degree theft charges in Mason City.

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