Man Facing 17 Charges After Eluding Authorities

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JASPER COUNTY, Iowa — A Montezuma man was arrested Wednesday and is facing several charges after he eluded authorities.

A Jasper County deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for an equipment violation about 5:19 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials say the driver did not stop and led the deputy on a pursuit, driving through numerous traffic control devices and even “Road Closed” barricades on the East 5th Street bridge.

Officers from the Newton Police Department and troopers from the Iowa State Patrol were called in for assistance. One of the deputies executed an intervention technique near the Newton Correctional Facility that ended the pursuit without incident, authorities say.

The driver was identified as 38-year-old Shaun Michael Gienger. He was arrested and transported to the Japer County Jail.

Authorities uncovered numerous firearms and ammunition during the inventory of the truck used in the pursuit. One of the weapons discovered to be stolen from Marshall County. Gienger also had two warrants for his arrest, one from Marshalltown police and one from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

Gienger is facing a total of 17 charges, including traffic violations, open container, possession of weapons by a felon and drug charges. He was involved in a similar incident a few years ago when he was arrested after a kidnapping case lead to a high-speed chase near Marshalltown.