Man who got away in Freeborn County chase faces new charges
Published 3:53 pm Saturday, December 12, 2015
By Molly Montag, Mason City Globe Gazette
A Mason City man arrested during a police operation at a local mobile home park faces drug and weapons charges.
Levi Andersen, 28, was charged Tuesday night with felony carrying or possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and carrying or possessing offensive weapons.
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He was arrested Tuesday afternoon by the North Iowa Narcotics Task Force’s Special Operations Group at Gracious Estates mobile home park.
Andersen reportedly led authorities on a high-speed chase in June in Freeborn County, reaching speeds near 100 mph. He ultimately crashed and got away on foot.
Mason City police said on Tuesday Andersen ran from officers but was captured on the northeast side of the park. No one was hurt.
Andersen dropped a loaded handgun and meth while fleeing, and officers later found several more guns, ammunition and devices believed to be gun suppressors during a search of two Mason City residences, according to a police statement.
Some of the guns appeared as though they may have been converted into automatic weapons, police said.
The tactical team was used because police considered Andersen, who has been found with deadly weapons before, to be a “high-risk” arrest.
In 2006, police found three loaded semi-automatic handguns, drug paraphernalia and a live hand grenade while arresting Andersen for outstanding warrants.
He was involved in a brief standoff in 2012 with a police tactical team attempting to arrest him for a parole revocation.
Law enforcement from Mason City and Clear Lake police departments, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol took part in Tuesday’s arrest. A State Patrol airplane flew overhead.
The officers originally went to the mobile home park to arrest Andersen for outstanding warrants for a police chase and weapons charges in Minnesota.
The additional charges were filed as a result of the weapons and drugs police allegedly found during and after Tuesday’s arrest.
Authorities blocked access to Gracious Estates for about a half hour.