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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 man wanted by Nebraska authorities was arrested after he led Iowa State Patrol troopers on a chase ending in southern Mason City Tuesday morning. 

The Iowa State Patrol said in a news release a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for a seat belt violation at the intersection of Highway 65 and the Avenue of the Saints. 

After the trooper briefly spoke with the driver, the driver fled in his vehicle. The pursuit ended near 19th Street Southwest and South Grover Avenue, where the State Patrol said a trooper made intentional contact with the fleeing vehicle. 

Elias Mendoza, 21, the driver of the vehicle, fled on foot, the State Patrol said, but was taken into custody inside an apartment. 

Mendoza, who the State Patrol said was wanted on a Nebraska warrant, was charged with 11 simple misdemeanors, including interference with official acts. 

Charges include:

• Depositing or throwing litter.

• Failure to wear or maintain safety belts.

• Failure to have a valid license or permit.

• Failure to prove sec against liability.

• Fail to yield to an emergency vehicle.

• Speeding.

• Unsafe passing.

• Unsafe turn or failure to give signal.

• Unsafe entry onto sidewalk or driveway.

• Failure to obey stop or yield sign.

• Interference with official acts.

Mendoza was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail at 8:53 a.m., where he is being held without bond. 

Nebraska authorities have placed a hold on him for burglary/theft parole violations. 

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