WATERLOO — A Waterloo man is in jail following a lengthy early morning chase that included a Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputy firing shots.
No injuries were reported, and the pursuit lasted about half an hour, starting on the outskirts of Waterloo and winding through the county.
Eric John Norelius, 35, of 119 Allen St., was arrested for misdemeanor eluding, driving while barred and suspended and interference. He was taken to the Black Hawk County Jail, and bond was initially set at $5,300.
The deputy who fired during the chase has been put on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings, said Capt. Mark Herbst of the sheriff’s office. He said the Waterloo Police Department is investigating the shooting, and it also is standard procedure to have an outside agency handle such cases.
The deputy involved hasn’t been identified.
Sgt. Gus Farmer of the Waterloo Police Department declined to release details of the shooting, but he said the deputy was on foot in the Cedar Bend area at the time.
The shooting involved the deputy’s handgun and happened about 20 minutes into the half-hour pursuit.
The chase started around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when a Waterloo police officer attempted to stop Norelius’s Ford F-150 pickup truck for traveling 67 mph in a 45-mph zone.
The truck pulled into the Ryder Logistics parking lot and then exited onto Northeast Drive. The pursuit headed out into rural Black Hawk County, reaching Dewar at one point, before the driver returned to Waterloo and stopped near his home in the 100 block of Allen Street about 5:15 a.m.
Norelius refused to step out of his vehicle, and officers had to pull him from the truck, court records state.
At the time of the chase, Norelius, a convicted sex offender, was out of jail on bond awaiting trial for misdemeanor driving charges and a felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
Court records indicate he is required to register because of a 2003 conviction for lascivious acts with a child in Linn County, and he allegedly failed to declare that he owned a Chevrolet Impala when he registered his address with authorities. An investigator with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation learned of the Impala through of traffic citations Norelius accumulated in April 2017 and through a May 17 head-on collision on Conger Street that sent him and a relative to the hospital.