Chase ends with 2 people arrested

Published 9:59 am Wednesday, September 18, 2013

NORTHWOOD — Two Iowa residents are facing multiple charges after they reportedly led authorities on a chase that started in Cerro Gordo County and ended in Worth County early Tuesday morning.

The chase began after a Cerro Gordo County deputy attempted to stop a red 1993 Plymouth Sundance at 12:11 a.m. near the intersection of gravel 340th Street and paved County Road S56, on the north side of Plymouth, Iowa, according to a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Chelsea Kerr

Chelsea Kerr

The Sundance reportedly sped away from the deputy, northbound on S56, which is also called Thrush Avenue, and the chase began, leading into Worth County. Plymouth is less than a mile south of the county line.

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The chase ended when Ryan George Minteer, 34, reportedly drove into a ditch and into a cornfield near the intersection of two gravel roads, Vine Avenue and 410th Street in Worth County two miles north of Grafton, according to the release.

Ryan Minteer

Ryan Minteer

Passenger Chelsea Kerr, 23, and a third person inside the car surrendered immediately, and Minteer fled on foot.

A Worth County K9 tracked the man through the cornfield, and Cerro Gordo County deputies, Worth County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Iowa State Patrol troopers surrounded the area and arrested Minteer without further problems.

Both Minteer and Kerr were treated at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City.

Minteer, of Eldora, was arrested for eluding, driving while barred and numerous traffic violations. He also faces several outstanding warrants for interference with official acts, driving with a suspended license and other traffic violations out of Hardin County, according to a news release.

He had a warrant for a probation violation in Webster County and for assault on a police officer, interference, theft and failure to appear in court in Marshalltown.

Kerr, of Laurel, was charged with allowing an unauthorized person to drive and interference with official acts.

The third person in the car was released without charges.