MANCHESTER – A Waterloo sex offender who was shot at by a sheriff’s deputy during a November car chase is back in jail.
Eric John Norelius, 35, who had been out on bond in the pursuit case, was arrested Jan. 2 in Delaware County on Black Hawk County warrants for missing court dates for an unrelated assault charge and a sex offender registration violation.
He was also arrested on a new charge in Delaware County for violating sex offender registration requirements there. According to court records, Manchester police discovered Norelius had been living at a Denton Street address when he was detained on the Black Hawk warrants, and he hadn’t registered the address with authorities.
Norelius told police he had been staying there less than a week, but the landlord said he had been living at the address since before Christmas. Under Iowa law, people subject to sex offender registration requirements must inform authorities of address changes within five business days.
As of Saturday, Norelius remained at the Delaware County Jail in Manchester.
In November, police said Norelius refused to pull over for Waterloo police during a traffic stop, and the chase continued for about half an hour. During the pursuit, Deputy Joe Schmidt and another officer were out of their vehicles attempting to set up Stop Sticks in the area of Cedar Bend Street and Longfellow Avenue when the truck Norelius was driving headed into a yard where Schmidt was standing.
Schmidt fired several shots at the vehicle, which continued on before eventually stopping on Allen Street, where Norelius was detained, police said. None of the shots struck Norelius, police said.