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Cedar Rapids chase suspect arrested after walking away from hospital


A Cedar Rapids man who was a suspect in a chase on Saturday, was arrested after police say he walked away from the hospital.

Sergeant Cristy Hamblin says officers saw 30-year-old Clifton Sparks driving on Saturday. Hamblin says he was known to have a warrant for driving while barred.

Officers say when they tried to stop Sparks in the 1400 block of 1st Avenue East, he refused to stop.

Officers say Sparks headed south in the 100 block of 14th Street SE going 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. They say he then ran a stop sign at 2nd Avenue and 14th Street SE and another one at 3rd Avenue and 14th Street SE before turning into an alley between Bever Avenue and Washington Avenue. Officers say he was then driving 45 mph in a 15 mph zone.

Hamblin says Sparks then collided with a city bus at 15th Street SE after he failed to yield. The collision sent Sparks' vehicle into the porch of a home at 370 15th Street SE.

Hamblin say Sparks was caught behind the home.

Officers say they found 16 baggies of marijuana and scales belonging to Sparks in the car.

Sparks and the one person on the bus were taken to a local hospital. A hold order was placed with the hospital for Sparks.

Hamblin says police were notified on Sunday that Sparks had walked away from the hospital without being discharged.

Hamblin says Sparks was arrested on Sunday night after police were called to the Holiday Inn Express at 3320 Southgate Court SW for a smell of marijuana in a room.

Hamblin says Sparks was taken back to the hospital. Police remained on site until Sparks was released at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Sparks is charged with eluding, drug tax stamp violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver, interference with official acts, violation of one way streets, hit and run personal injury, striking fixtures, driving while barred habitual offender, failure to yield upon entering roadway, two counts of speeding, two counts of failure to yield traffic control device, seat belt violation, and entering through highways.

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