More than two month search for man ends after chase in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Two people who were involved in a chase on August 9 were again involved in a chase on Wednesday in eastern Iowa.

An officer tried to make a traffic stop on a pickup at 33rd Avenue and 6th Street SW at 1:43 a.m. when they realized the vehicle had license plates that didnt match the truck.

Harris kept driving the truck but slowed down when there was a “Road Closed Ahead” sign. He then drove through the road closure and construction near Walford Road and 6th Street.

When the truck crashed into construction vehicles, Harris and 37-year-old April Baldwin from Cedar Rapids got out and began to run.

Harris was arrested for Theft-2nd Degree, Inference with Official Acts, Felony Eluding, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, Fraudulent Use of Registration, Speeding – 2 counts (80 mph in 35 mph zone at 6th Street and 58th Avenue SW) and (90 mph in 45 mph zone in the 8000 block of 6th Street SW), Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device (US 30/NW Ramp and 6th Street SW stop light) and (Wright Brothers Boulevard and 6th Street SW). He also had outstanding warrants from the United States Marshals Service and Vinton Police Department. One of the warrants was for Probation Violation-Amphetamine.

Police arrested a Vinton man and a Cedar Rapids Woman early Wednesday morning following a police chase that ended when the suspect vehicle crashed into some construction vehicles.

According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, officers attempted to stop a pickup truck at 33 Avenue and Sixth Street SW at approximately 1:45 a.m. Police said the vehicle displayed license plates that did not match the truck.

Instead of pulling over, police said the truck sped southbound on Sixth Street SW, leading officers on a brief chase. The police department said officers slowed down and backed off when they neared a sign that indicated the road ahead was closed.

But the truck, police said, proceeded through the road closure at Walford Road and Sixth Street SW, crashing into some construction vehicles.

Police said the suspects inside the vehicle, who were later identified as Kody Joe Harris, 35, and April Nicole Baldwin, 37, bailed out of the vehicle and took off on foot. Police said a K-9 was deployed to help apprehend the suspects.

Harris faces charges of second-degree theft, interference with official acts, felony eluding and multiple traffic violations. Police said he also has active warrants from the United States Marshals Service and the Vinton Police Department One warrant, they said, was for probation violation — amphetamine.

Baldwin, who was a passenger in the vehicle, also had an active warrant for revocation of probation on forgery charges.

This is the second time Harris and Baldwin have been involved in a police chase in the past two months.

According to the Vinton Police Department, Harris was able to elude officers on August 9 after leading officers on a high-speed chase.

Police said officers lost sight of Harris on eh east side of Vinton when he hid the vehicle he was driving and ran into a densely wooded area near the Cedar River.

Officers searched the area, but were only able to locate Baldwin, who was riding in the suspect vehicle as a passenger, police said. Baldwin was arrested on a warrant out of Linn County, police said, and a warrant was issued for Harris.

Over the past two months, police had continued to look for Harris, be he had managed to stay below the radar until Wednesday’s incident.


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