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80 MPH high speed chase lasts 24 minutes; fugitive suspect arrested

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For 24 minutes late Monday night, Iowa Corrections escapee, Cash Burch, pursued his freedom the only way he could; at eighty miles an hour.

The 28-year old Burch is facing a 15-year prison term. Monday night, Burch put the pedal to the metal on a 1999 white Mercury Mystique, and led Black Hawk County authorities on a high speed chase, which started at a Waterloo red light intersection and ended in a Cedar Falls ditch near the UNI Dome.

It all started a little before 11 o'clock, when Burch ran a red light in Waterloo. Waterloo Police began to pursue the vehicle and immediately ran a vehicle records check on the license plates of the car Burch was driving. That vehicle records check produced information showing Burch as a fugitive with a lengthy record, including charges, such as narcotics violations, identity theft, burglary and first degree theft.

The high speed chase moved from Waterloo into Cedar Falls, where Burch drove around stop sticks, which Cedar Falls Police placed across the road to halt Burch and his white Mercury.

The chase headed west out of Cedar Falls at speeds of more than eighty miles an hour. Burch eventually turned south and later headed east, through parts of Butler and Grundy Counties, before heading back into Cedar Falls. The high speed chase went on for 24 minutes until Burch lost control of his vehicle on 27th Street. The car spun out of control and ended up in the ditch on the north side of 27th Street, not far from the UNI Dome.

Burch jumped out of his vehicle and fled the scene on foot, but authorities quickly tracked him down and took him into custody. While Burch's car ended up in the ditch, no squad cars sustained any damage and there were no injuries. Burch, however, now faces numerous additional charges as a result of his run for freedom.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl.com 

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