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Ottumwa man who started police chase in Charles City gets trial date

A trial date is set for an Ottumwa man who was arrested on multiple charges after refusing to pull over to a traffic stop – which resulted in a multiple-car chase with the Charles City Police Department on May 11th. 

The man, 22-year-old Tylor Rooney, is pleading not guilty to his many charges – 6 counts of stop sign violations, driving while suspended, operating a non registered vehicle, no proof of insurance, operating while intoxicated, eluding police officers, assault involving a police officer, criminal mischief, and failure to maintain control.

His trial will start September 17th.

On May 11th, Rooney was pulled over by the CCPD at around 2 p.m. on the 900 Block of North Grand Avenue. Rooney driving a 2000 Ford Escort refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued. 

The CCPD and Floyd County Sheriff’s deputies chased Rooney around the north end of Charles City. At the intersection of 13th Avenue and Cleveland Avenue, the driver lost control of his vehicle and hit a phone junction box. Afterwards, Rooney’s vehicle struck several patrol cars who were in pursuit. 

Rooney was finally taken into custody on the 1800 block of Cleveland Avenue.

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Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.
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