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UPDATE: Chase reaching 100mph ends with school bus crash

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A chase reaching 100 miles-per-hour through the streets of Cedar Rapids ended with a crash involving a school bus.

According to the Linn County Sheriff, they began chasing a pick-up driven by James Frank Surrett, 46, of Cedar Rapids, at Highway 13 south of Mount Vernon Road.

When Surrett failed to stop, deputies gave chase southbound on Hwy. 13 and then westbound on Hwy. 30, reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Surrett then allegedly exited at C Street SW and continued northbound, where deputies lost sight of the vehicle due to its high rate of speed and "reckless manner," according to the Sheriff's Office.

Surrett then apparently turned northbound on 1st Street SW and continued northbound into the intersection with 1st Street West and 1st Avenue, where his truck collided "nearly head-on" with a pickup and a Cedar Rapids Community School District bus.

A representative with the Cedar Rapids Police Department says the school reported four kids and two staff on the bus. No one was injured. Another school bus took the kids from the scene.

The drivers of the other pick-up, Melissa Thomas, 29, of Cedar Rapids, was taken to Mercy Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries along with her young child.

Surrett attempted to flee officers on foot and was apprehended a short distance away by the Cedar Rapids Police Department. He was taken to St. Luke's Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Sheriff Brian Gardner said Surrett has "18 withdrawals" on his driving record dating back to 1988.

"To be barred, you had to have done something extraordinarily bad or frequent in order to be barred," Gardner said. "Barments sometimes last about six years or greater, so this person literally is not supposed to drive ever."

1st Avenue was closed between 1st Street East and 1st Street West. 1st Street West was closed between E Avenue NW and 2nd Avenue SW until the investigation is complete.

Charges are pending against Surrett.
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