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Palo man injured, charged in Linn Co. chase

A Linn County Deputy was trying to pull over Joshua J. Matheny of Palo because he didn't have license plates on his car when he fled and eventually crashed his car Tuesday evening.

When police attempted to stop the 25-year-old, he had initially pulled his tan 1998 Mazda Protégé over to the side of the road at the intersection of Blair's Ferry Road and Palo Marsh Road in Palo at 7:12 p.m. Tuesday.

That's when the chase began. It lasted several blocks before Linn County authorities said the car left the road and went through a field and into a creek near the intersection of Church Street and 2nd Street.

Matheny then began to run from the deputy, but surrendered a short time later. Scott M. Boots, 36, of Cedar Rapids was also in the vehicle.

Matheny was treated for his injuries at a Cedar Rapids hospital but is expected to be OK. Boots was not injured and refused medical attention. Both were wearing their seatbelts.

Matheny has been charged with Driving While Barred, Failure to Proved Security Against Liability (No Insurance), Attempting to Elude, Interference with Official Acts, Failure to Maintain Control, Speeding and two counts of Failing to Obey Stop Sign.

The Sheriff's Department is investigating the accident.

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