High-speed chase through Mt. Pleasant ends in arrest

Ryan Hiemstra is in jail after leading law enforcement in a chase through the streets of Mt. Pleasant. (Henry County Sheriff's Office)

A Cedar Rapids man is in jail after leading law enforcement in a chase through the streets of Mt. Pleasant.

The incident started just before 10 a.m Thursday. According to Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee, his office received a report of a burglary in progress near Graham Avenue.

A suspect, later identified as Ryan Hiemstra, walked into a residence and left out the back door when confronted by the homeowner. Investigators said Hiemstra then stole a nearby vehicle and left the area.

A few minutes later, a Mt. Pleasant resident contacted the sheriff’s office to report that they saw the stolen vehicle in Mt. Pleasant.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department located the vehicle and attempted to stop it. That is when a pursuit started. Hiemstra led officers on a chase through large parts of Mt. Pleasant.

At one point Hiemstra caused damage to a residential property and squad car.

Hiemstra eventually lost control of the vehicle and was taken into custody.

Hiemstra is charged with 2nd-Degree Burglary, a Class C felony, 2nd-Degree Theft, a Class D felony, Eluding Pursuing Law Enforcement Vehicles, a Class D felony, 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief, a Class D felony, 5th-Degree Criminal Mischief, a simple misdemeanor as well as numerous traffic violations.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office was assisted with this investigation by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Mt. Pleasant Fire & Rescue and the Iowa State Patrol.

Hiemstra will be held for his initial appearance on a $16,000 bond.

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