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Mason City man arrested after police chase

Mason City man arrested after police chase


MASON CITY | A Mason City man wanted for chasing a woman he knew in a car, threatening to hit her and violating no-contact orders was arrested after eluding police Saturday.

Police say Michael Atkins Jr., 34, refused to stop his 2001 Buick Park Avenue for a traffic violation about 2:51 a.m. Saturday in the 200 block of North Washington Avenue. 

Atkins later exited his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, according to the criminal complaint. 

He was charged with eluding -- 25 mph over the speed limit and interference with official acts. 

Traffic violations in the incident include driving while license denied/suspended/canceled, failure to obey a stop or yield sign, failure to obey a traffic control device, violating a one-way traffic designation, driving on wrong side of two way highway, failure to prove security against liability and reckless driving.

Police say Atkins was wanted in an assault case from May 2017, as well as violating pretrial release and violating a no-contact order.

Atkins was having an argument with woman he knew when she became upset and walked away from him on May 24, court documents said.

Atkins then allegedly drove the woman’s vehicle and chased her down the road, police said. She cut through a parking lot and yard, with Atkins following at a high rate of speed.

At one point, court documents say Atkins told the woman "don't think I won't hit you" while driving the car. 

Atkins was charged with domestic abuse assault with intent to inflict serious injury and a no-contact order was issued. His trial was set for Sept. 26.

A warrant for his arrest was issued Aug. 8 after he violated pretrial release by violating the no-contact order by texting and calling the woman. Atkins failed to appear for his pretrial conference Sept. 11. 

Atkins is being held in Cerro Gordo County Jail on $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear Jan. 16 in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

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



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