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Chase leads to two arrests

By David Hotle | Jul 31, 2017


The Washington Police Department is continuing an investigation into an incident Sunday that resulted in a high-speed chase and left two Cedar Rapids-area men facing multiple charges, including one charge of going armed with intent, a Class D felony.

Officers arrested Zackary Todd McElroy, 22, of Cedar Rapids, and Jeremy Ryan Mirkes, 20, of Marion, on Highway 92 after a vehicle pursuit from Washington ended in a ditch in rural West Chester. Washington Police Lt. Lyle Hanson reported the pursuit vehicle had caused an accident by running another vehicle into the ditch after stop sticks had blown the two tires on the passenger’s side out and the vehicle lost control. McElroy faces charges of carrying a weapon, possession of a controlled substance — marijuana, third offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, McElroy is being held for Linn County on warrants for failure to appear for adjudication of guilt and sentencing on original charges of second-degree theft, operating a vehicle without owner’s consent, and third degree theft. Mirkes is charges with carrying a weapon, felony eluding, driving while revoked, reckless driving, careless driving (110 in a 55) and failure to maintain control. He was also charged with going armed with intent and first-degree harassment.

“What you have here is a bunch of local girls who can’t get along,” Hanson said. “Two girls went to Cedar Rapids and picked up one of their boyfriends. The boyfriend said he knew a good subject to bring along, and that was Mirkes. Mirkes apparently makes it well known he has a handgun. So, they are driving around down here looking for these other carloads of girls and finds them. A confrontation ensues.”

Hanson said at about 3:19 p.m. Sunday, he received a call reporting several subjects had been harassed in the 1400 block of East Second Street in Washington. Upon interviewing two carloads of juvenile subjects, Hanson learned two male subjects in a third vehicle had approached them and harassed them. There were also two juveniles in the vehicle Hanson said were from Washington. The suspect vehicle was identified as a Kia Sol and belonged to one of the juvenile’s mothers. Hanson said the subjects in the two vehicles and the two juveniles knew each other before the incident. He said McElroy and Mirkes had not know each other before the incident. He also said the subjects in the other two cars all said a subject later identified as Mirkes allegedly had a handgun and made threatening statements that he was going to shoot them. One vehicle left the area. Hanson said the confrontation had ended without incident.

After receiving the report, Hanson tracked the vehicle down to a local residence. He said the vehicle was parked but started moving as he was pulling up. He followed. He attempted to initiate a traffic stop in the 900 block of East Washington Street. The chase began and Hanson requested assistance from outside agencies.

Hanson said the case had gone through several alleys. He said the handgun was thrown out the window of the vehicle during the chase. The 9mm handgun was recovered and Hanson said it was loaded with four bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber, ready to fire. Hanson said the chase had lasted about 20 minutes in the city.

The chase ended up north on Highway 1 and moved onto Highway 92. Hanson reported speeds were in excess of 110 mph. Hanson said an off-duty sheriff’s deputy deployed stop sticks, which blew out the passenger’s side tires. The vehicle ended in a ditch.

Hanson said there is a possibility additional charges will be filed after the interviews are completed.

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