In a rare confluence of happenings, two aberrant drivers took Bremer County deputies on high-speed chases Wednesday and Thursday, in unrelated incidents.
Dash cam videos of both pursuits, obtained by Waverly Newspapers on Friday, show the excessive speeds at which the drivers operated their vehicles in an effort to elude authorities. (Watch on waverlynewspapers.com.)
No one was hurt and both suspects ended up in jail.
Bremer County Sheriff Dan Pickett said he was relieved no one was hurt.
“We have very few chases, and to have two in 12 hours is rare,” Pickett said.
Dylan Scott Jacobs, 20, of Clarksville, is facing charges of eluding, excessive speed, failure to obey traffic control device and violations of conditions of a restricted license.
He was riding a white Triumph Daytona on U.S. Highway 218 west of Waverly on June 5 around 9:23 p.m., and reached speeds up to 127 mph to elude a deputy, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
Eventually, he took County Road C-33 into Butler County, reaching high levels of speed.
The chase finally reached a conclusion in the city limits of Clarksville, when the motorcyclist came to a halt.
Jacobs was transported to the Bremer County Jail, where he was eventually released on a $2,000 bond.
The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the Clarksville Police Department.
In Thursday’s pursuit, a Cedar Rapids man ended up in jail, following yet another high-speed chase.
Dekota Phillip Newlon, 23, is facing multiple charges, including first-offense operating while intoxicated, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, excessive speed, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving. Additionally, Cedar Falls police have charged Newton with second- and third-degree criminal mischief.
Dash cam video shows that around 7:32 a.m. June 6, a Bremer County deputy tried to stop a silver, rental Chevrolet Impala, which was driving southbound on U.S. Highway 218 at 82 mph in a 65 mph zone, west of Waverly.
The deputy caught up with the vehicle, which was traveling at 106 mph, according to a press release. Ignoring the deputy’s signals to pull over, the driver continued south on Iowa Highway 58, and then east into oncoming traffic on East Ridgeway Avenue.
Driving through traffic and a massive road construction on Highway 58, the driver kept eluding.
An Iowa State Patrol helicopter, which happened to be in the air when the deputy called for help, directed him, especially in a critical part of the chase, where the driver sped up through a popular bike trail.
Eventually, the vehicle crashed into a fence at Camping World, an RV dealership in Cedar Falls, where the driver fled on foot and tried to hide in a camper. Newlon was arrested without incident. Newton is held in the Bremer County Jail on a $1,000 bond.
Black Hawk County Sheriff’s deputies, Iowa State Patrol, Cedar Falls and Waterloo Police were among the agencies assisting Bremer County.