Man behind bars following high-speed chase

Suspect subdued with Taser gun

Coston

A Marshalltown man faces a bevy of charges after he led authorities on a high-speed chase throughout Marshall County late Saturday night, coming to an end near Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown, and the suspect eventually being subdued with a Taser gun.

State Center Police Chief Jeff Bunn said at about 9 p.m. Saturday, Marshalltown Police Department officers attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Daniel Edward Coston, 27, after observing the vehicle speeding, having no rear license plate and a broken tail light.

A chase ensued, but the MPD suspended its pursuit at city limits, Bunn said, and officers with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the State Center Police Department were notified that Coston may be traveling west.

Subsequently, Coston made his way throughout the county approaching State Center where Bunn made contact with Coston at 190th Street and Gearhart Avenue.

Bunn, two other officers from the SCPD, Glenn Goode and Mark Mills, as well as sheriff’s deputies pursued Coston northeast of State Center and in rural State Center Township, at times reaching speeds greater than 100 mph. Coston subsequently made his way back east toward Marshalltown.

During this time, Sgt. Ben Veren with the sheriff’s office deployed stop sticks at 220th Street and Hart Avenue, where Coston’s vehicle made contact with those stop sticks.

Despite striking those, he continued to operate his vehicle.

A second set of stop sticks, Bunn said, were deployed by Marshalltown Police Officer Stephen Sheets at 13th Street and Iowa Avenue. Again, Coston’s vehicle making contact with those.

As law enforcement continued to pursue Coston, his vehicle severely disabled, Coston struck a retaining wall fence and cement barrier at Westwood and 12th on the edge of Elmwood Country Club.

In an effort to apprehend Coston, Veren, now at the scene, used his Taser gun to subdue Coston.

In the vehicle, law enforcement recovered marijuana and methamphetamine, as well as a crack pipe. Bunn said they also discovered a gun next to the fence post at the golf course on Westwood where the chase was terminated.

The suspect was taken to the Marshall County Jail on a number of charges including eluding, driving with a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. Bunn said it’s not clear whether or not the gun found at the scene belonged to Coston, but that officials were going to test the gun to determine if any prints on the weapon matched Coston’s.

Coston was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation. He remains in jail awaiting an initial court appearance.

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Contact Jeff Hutton at 641-753-6611 or jhutton@timesrepublican.com