CEDAR FALLS – Police have added more charges against three men who were detained following a high-speed chase that was sparked by a bike theft investigation on Wednesday.
Cody Davis Brown, 33, of West Union; Matthew David Miller, 33, of 404 Allen St., Waterloo; and Brandon Avery Samuel Proctor, 35, of Aurora, were initially arrested for interference for allegedly running after the pickup truck they were traveling in landed in creek and became stuck on a sandbar.
All three have since been charged with first-degree theft in connection with the truck, a Ford F-350 that had been reported stolen from Kreiger Motor Co. in Muscatine.
The allegedly driver, Brown, also was arrested for felony eluding, fourth-degree railroad vandalism, fourth-degree criminal mischief and third-degree theft, which stems from the truck’s license plate that was stolen from Tri-State Crane and Rigging Service in Cedar Rapids.
The chase started around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday when University of Northern Iowa police were called about a possible bicycle theft in the 2000 block of Campus Street. Police had been investigating numerous bike thefts in the area in past months, and when officers approached the truck, they noticed bikes in the back and attempted to pull it over.
A chase ensued, and the fleeing truck reached speeds of up to 80 mph in a 35 mph zone before leaving the road, driving through farm fields, damaging a fence and driving down Canadian National railroad tracks, causing spikes to pop up, court records state. The chase ended with the truck drove into Hammers Creek off of Butler Road.
At the time of the chase, Proctor was wanted on an arrest warrant for second-degree theft for allegedly passing $2,384 in bad checks at Kwik Star convenience stores in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Dunkerton in August.