CHASE CHARGES: Officials Identify Suspect


The Iowa State Patrol has released the name of a man who led them on a high speed chase on I-80 and I-35 Tuesday.

Nineteen-year-old Albert Austin III of Cedar Rapids is in the Polk County Jail facing several charges in connection with the chase and standoff.

The incident began Tuesday afternoon around 1:10 when a State Trooper tried to pull Austin over near 2nd Avenue on I-80 for speeding. Austin wouldn’t stop and led officers on a chase that exceeded 100 miles per hour at times.

The chase ended about a mile south of Bevington on I-35, when officers used stop sticks to disable Austin’s vehicle. When three of the vehicle’s tires were shredded, Austin pulled over to the side of the road.

Troopers say Austin got out of the vehicle and displayed a handgun, then got back inside.

Negotiators with the Iowa State Patrol were able to convince him to give up and the standoff ended at 2:55 p.m.

I-35 was shut down for a little over an hour because of the standoff.

Austin is charged with felony eluding, OWI, possession of narcotics with intent to deliver and carrying weapons. He also faces several traffic related charges.

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