Franklin County man pleads not guilty

Martin Zaragoza
Martin Zaragoza

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.

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