Cedar Rapids man leads police in chase, arrested for MP burglary

A Cedar Rapids man has been arrested after fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle on Thursday, March 8.

Ryan Hiemstra, 40, of Cedar Rapids, was arrested and charged with several counts, including second degree burglary, second degree theft and evading police after he fled police in a stolen vehicle.

According to a news release from the Henry County Sheriff?s Office, Hiemstra allegedly walked into a residence in the 1800 grid of Graham Avenue at approximately 9:53 a.m., on Thursday March 8. He then left out the back door when confronted by the homeowner. Hiemstra then stole a nearby vehicle and left the area.

A few minutes later, a Mt. Pleasant citizen contacted the Sheriff?s Office to indicate they had seen the stolen vehicle in Mt. Pleasant. The Mt. Pleasant Police Department located and attempted to stop the vehicle. A pursuit ensued.

Hiemstra fled Mt. Pleasant, heading south on Highway 218. He continued to ignore law enforcement in pursuit south on Highway 218, leading police west on the south end of Mt. Pleasant, and through various city streets in Mt. Pleasant.

Law enforcement continued the pursuit onto North Carnahan Road, in the northwest portion of Mt. Pleasant where Hiemstra caused damage to property in the yard of a resident. Hiemstra then exited the residence and struck a county squad car. Hiemstra then lost control and was stopped on North Carnahan. He was taken into custody.

Hiemstra was charged with second degree burglary, a Class C felony; second degree theft, a Class D felony; eluding pursuing law enforcement vehicles, a Class D felony; second degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony; fifth degree criminal mischief, a simple misdemeanor; and numerous traffic violations.

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

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

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