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Car chase starts in Cedar Rapids, ends in Benton County with injury


A Cedar Rapids man was hospitalized after police say he led them on a chase that began in Cedar Rapids and ended in Benton County.

Sergeant Cristy Hamblin says officers tried to stop a vehicle at around 2:47 a.m. Friday after seeing it speeding in the are of Westdale Drive and Wilson Avenue SW.

Officers say the truck, driven by Bradley Szakacs, 40, of Cedar Rapids, then turned west on 22nd Avenue SW and then south on Wiley Boulevard SW, not stopping for the stop sign at the intersection.

Hamblin says officers clocked the truck going 80 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 2500 block of Wiley Boulevard.

They say Szakacs then failed to stop for the flashing red lights at the intersection of Wiley Boulevard SW and Williams Boulevard SW.

Officers say he then went west on Williams Boulevard SW and got onto Highway 30 westbound.

Hamblin says the driver went into the ditch on Highway 30 several times and was clocked going 83 mph.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office assisted, putting down stop sticks on Highway 30 near the Newhall exit. The truck hit the stop sticks, went into a ditch and came to a stop in a creek.

Szakacs was taken to the hospital with what Hamblin calls non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation continues.

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