HAMPTON, Iowa – A man arrested after a police chase through Franklin County is pleading not guilty.
25-year-old Martin Zaragoza of Hampton has entered not guilty pleas to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, eluding and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. He is also accused of a multitude of traffic violations.
A police officer allegedly tried to stop Zaragoza as he was driving at a high rate of speed in the area of Olive Avenue and Highway 3 on October 21. After a 26 mile pursuit, Zaragoza allegedly drove into a ditch and then ran and hid in a cornfield. He was apprehended by two Hardin County sheriff’s deputies.
There was also a warrant out for Zaragoza’s arrest for an incident in Hampton on September 18 where he allegedly hit someone in the head with a ratchet, creating a wound that required four stitches, and damaged the passenger mirror on a vehicle.
His trial on the chase charges is set for January 24.