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Columbus Junction woman arrested after chase through Linn County

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A Columbus Junction woman faces a laundry list of charges after police say she led them on a chase through Linn County Wednesday night.

At 10:58 p.m. on Wednesday, Linn County dispatchers put out an attempt to locate on a green car headed east on Mount Vernon Road near Abbe Hill Road.  Callers told dispatchers that the vehicle was all over the road at about 30 to 40 miles-per-hour.

A Mount Vernon police officer saw a car matching the description on 1st Street West in Mount Vernon at about 11:02 p.m.  The officer says that he was almost hit by the vehicle and when he turned around to stop the vehicle, the car turned into a parking lot, jumped the curb, drove through some grass and then continued on 1st Street West at speeds up to 70 m.p.h.

The officer says the driver ran a red light at 1st Street West and Highway 1, ran numerous stop signs and then headed north on Springville Road, passing numerous road closed signs.

The officer says the driver reached speeds of up to 105 m.p.h. in the 55 m.p.h. zone at Springville Road and Abbe Hills Road, ran the stop sign at X-20 and Highway 151 and went into Springville.

Police say the car eventually crashed just west of 510 1st Avenue in Springville and the driver ran.

Officers found the driver, 31-year-old Brandy Leigh Russell of Columbus Junction, hiding in some weeds in front of the car.

Russell was arrested and charged with driving left of center, eluding, driving while barred, failure to maintain control and three counts of failing to obey traffic control devices.

Police say that they found items in the car that are consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.  They expect more charges to be filed once the lab results are back on those items.

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