High-speed chase ends in an arrest

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Area law enforcement arrested a Marshalltown man after he led them on a high-speed chase within the southeast corner of Marshall County. According to Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman, shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, a Marshall County sheriff’s deputy attempted to make contact with the driver, Justin Hartwig, 38, whose vehicle was stopped in the middle of a roadway — 255th Street, south of Marshalltown and north of Haverhill. But when the deputy approached, Hartwig allegedly sped off and led authorities on a chase, reaching speeds up to 80 mph, until he crossed into Jasper County. Shortly thereafter he fled from the vehicle and authorities pursued him on foot through the countryside where he was subsequently apprehended. Hoffman said Hartwig faces a number of charges including eluding, possession of a Schedule II controlled drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, no insurance, open container, stopping in the middle of the road, speeding and other traffic infractions. At the time of his arrest, Hartwig also was wanted on other charges including ongoing criminal conduct, second-degree theft, unauthorized use of a credit card, identity theft, third-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal mischief. Hartwig is currently being held in the Marshall County Jail. Pictured are Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Ben Veren and a Jasper County sheriff’s deputy escorting Hartwig from the scene. Among those participating in the chase were MCSO Deputies Tim Hungerford, Brandan Lenehan and Wade Ruopp, and State Center Police Chief Jeff Bunn.