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10 police chases in Cedar Rapids this year, can they be prevented?

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has been involved in ten police pursuits this year, two resulting in innocent people not involved in the chase being injured.

The man behind Friday morning's high-speed police chase now faces charges.

Lawson Chadwick, 47, is in the Linn County Jail on charges of serious injury by vehicle and eluding as well as several traffic violations.

Police say Chadwick didn't pull over when officers tried to stop him for a traffic violation.

The chase ended when Chadwick crashed his truck into the side of a city water department van, injuring himself and the city worker in the van.

Cedar Rapids police say they take the decision to engage in a vehicle pursuit very seriously, considering several factors including location, traffic, time of day and seriousness of offense.

In Chadwick's chase, Cedar Rapids police spokesperson Greg Buelow says the pursuit was one minute, from the time the officer attempted to stop Chadwick until the crash.

"The officer had already fallen back after the suspect driver accelerated," stated Buelow in an email.

Officers were involved in another chases where innocent drivers were hurt, including one in February involving 46-year-old James Surrett.

"Yeah I think it's pretty scary," said driver Brian Williams.

Initially, Surrett was being pursued by Linn County deputies, but the 100-mph chases ended in Downtown Cedar Rapids, within city limits. Surrett crashed into a school bus and a pick up - injuring a pregnant woman and her son.

Buelow says the majority of the time the suspect is the one that's injured, however that hasn't been the case in the recent ones.

"It's not your driving you need to worry about, it's everybody else out there that's going to get you," said Marlice Cooklin.

The other chase in March involving an orange BMW, is still being investigating.

Police were after the BMW when the driver rammed into the utility pole, allegedly drove toward police and they fired multiple shots at the driver.

KWWL wanted to know if these chases can be prevented.

Buelow says the suspect driver is the one who ultimately determines whether a pursuit even occurs.

"If the suspect pulls over, there is no police pursuit," stated Buelow in an email.

In 2014 Cedar Rapids were involved in 38 total chases and 31 in 2013.

Police say there were 11 crashes and 6 injures out of the 31 crashes in 2013.

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