North Iowa police chase ends in corn field

Martin Zaragoza
Martin Zaragoza

HAMPTON, Iowa – A Franklin County man has been arrested after a police pursuit.

24-year-old Martin Zaragoza of Hampton has been charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a drug tax stamp violation, felony eluding, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while suspended, open container, not having auto insurance, five different speeding violations and five different stop sign violations.  He was also picked up on outstanding warrants for willful injury and 4th degree criminal mischief.

At about 11:45 pm Friday, a Hampton police officer tried to stop a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Olive Avenue and Highway 3.  After a chase that covered around 26 miles, the fleeing vehicle went into a field in the 200 block of 80th Street and then into a ditch in the 200 block of 85th Street.

The driver ran and hid in a standing corn field.  While law enforcement established a perimeter on the ground, an Iowa State Patrol plane was called in to assist with the search.  Shortly after the plane arrived, Zaragoza was arrested in the corn field by two Hardin County sheriff’s deputies.

No one was injured in this incident but a Hampton police car did receive minor damage in the chase.  Zaragoza is being held in the Hardin County Jail on $35,000 bond.

The Hampton Police Department was assisted in this matter by the sheriff’s offices of Franklin, Hardin, Hamilton and Wright counties and the Iowa State Patrol.

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