CEDAR FALLS — Three people were detained after a bike theft investigation led to a half-hour chase through rural roads and farm fields.
The pursuit came to an end when the fleeing truck plunged into a creek in a field near Westbrook Drive and North Butler Road.
The suspects abandoned the truck and took off running but were caught a short distance away. One of the suspects had an outstanding arrest warrant, police said. One was transported to a hospital as a precaution, said Jeff Olson, chief of the Cedar Falls Police Department.
Brandon Avery Samuel Proctor, 35, Matthew David Miller, 33, and Cody Davis Brown, 33, addresses unavailable, were arrested for interference. Other charges are pending.
The pursuit started around 7 a.m. Wednesday when University of Northern Iowa police received a complaint about a possible bicycle theft, said Scott Ketelsen, UNI spokesman. When officers approached to investigate, the truck sped away and immediately left campus, heading north, he said.
Officers from Cedar Falls Police, Iowa State Patrol and Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office became involved in the pursuit.
“They ended up going north on Center Street in Cedar Falls out into the county onto Cedar-Wapsi (Road) and all over God’s green acre out here,” said Sheriff Tony Thompson.
He said the chase lasted around 30 minutes.
“He saw my unit with Stop Sticks at first on Butler (Road), and he took a right and started westbound. Then he went northbound into fields, and that’s when he committed to fields to get rid of us,” Thompson said. The chase crossed a set of railroad tracks and apparently went through a barbed wire fence before the fleeing truck landed in Hammers Creek.
“There were three suspects. They all took off on foot. They were all caught,” Olson said.
A bike was discovered in the back of the truck.
Two Cedar Falls Police Department squad cars suffered minor damage in the chase.
The truck had been reported stolen, and the plates were stolen from another vehicle, Olson said.