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2 high-speed chases in 1 week through Linn County

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In just one week, the Linn County Sheriff's Office was involved in two high-speed pursuits across multiple counties, and the latest involved a carjacking.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says a 17-year-old assaulted a woman and took her vehicle at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, but would not say if the woman was injured.

"Our deputy observed that vehicle northbound on the interstate near the Center Point exit," said Colonel John Stuelke with the Linn County Sheriff's Office. "At that point he attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the vehicle did not stop."

The driver, Nicholas Scott, topped speeds of 110 mph along Interstate 380 northbound across Linn and Benton Counties before stop sticks were used and the chase ended in Black Hawk County.

This is just the latest chase through Linn County.

Last Wednesday, Linn County deputies chased another vehicle involved in a shots fired incident in Cedar Rapids that ended in Solon in Johnson County.

Five people were charged in that incident.

When considering whether or not to pursue a suspect in a high speed chase, Stuelke says the public's safety is critical.

"There are a number of things that we look at. No. 1, what are we trying to stop the individual for? Is it a simple traffic violation, is it a felony charge like the two we had this week?" said Stuelke."

Other factors include time of day and weather.

This latest chase is still under investigation.

Scott is in custody, facing second-degree robbery, eluding and several other traffic violations.

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