WATERLOO – A Washburn man who crashed into a utility pole following a brief but fast car chase last week is now facing charges in connection with a stolen handgun.

Waterloo police found a .45-caliber Ruger pistol in Gage Tyler Bondy’s waistband following the Jan. 19 wreck at Mitchell and Hillside avenues. He was initially arrested on allegations he stole the Chrysler 300 he was driving and had led police on a pursuit.

Bondy’s grandfather had reported the pistol stolen, and Bondy, 22, has since been arrested on a charge of third-degree theft for allegedly taking the weapon, according to court records. The gun had its serial number scratched off when police found it, court records state

The chase began shortly after the Chrysler’s owner reported it stolen from West 11th Street home. Police spotted the vehicle on Mitchell Avenue, and Bondy alleged accelerated to more than 90 mph before losing control while passing another vehicle and striking the pole.

At the time of the Jan. 19 chase and crash, Bondy was out on bond for allegedly taking a friend’s vehicle on Jan. 3 in Cedar Falls, a Jan. 26 incident where allegedly took a silver 2003 Audi from and Alta Vista Avenue address and a Jan. 31 incident where he was found with methamphetamine and hypodermic needles in Evansdale.

His bond is currently set at $55,300.