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Cedar Rapids chase lands man in jail

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Cedar Rapids police say 49-year-old Donald Miller was arrested after leading them on a chase Thursday night.

Sergeant Cristy Hamblin says officers were first called to the Wal Mart on Blairs Ferry Road at around 8:18 p.m. Thursday for a report of a theft. Employees were able to get a license plate number from the suspect vehicle.

Hamblin says that license plate number matched the license plate number from a vehicle that was reported stolen at around 8:46 p.m. from the area of Troy Street SW. She says the owners of the vehicle told officers that Miller had taken the vehicle without their permission.

Hamblin says at around 10 p.m., officers were headed back to the station when they came across a vehicle on 16th Avenue, near Jacolyn Drive NW, that matched the description of the vehicle stolen from Troy Street SW. Hamblin says that once officers got behind the vehicle and verified it was the stolen vehicle, they attempted to pull it over near the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Jacolyn Drive NW. She says that's when Miller led officers on the chase.

Officers say the vehicle was eventually located about a mile-and-a-half away near the intersection of Dennis Drive and Jacob Court NW.

Miller was found about a half-mile from there, in the 2900 block of Johnson Ave NW. 

Hamblin says officers found items in the vehicle, some reported stolen from Wal Mart, that are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

She also says that during the course of the chase, Miller reached speeds of 70 m.p.h. in a 35 m.p.h. zone and hit a fence.

Miller is charged with driving while barred, intent to manufacture methamphetamine, theft, operation without owner’s consent, hit and run, attempting to elude, speed and obedience to traffic control device.

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