Traffic stop, chase leads to drug arrest


A traffic stop, followed by a brief chase, has put a State Center woman behind bars.

According to Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman, a sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation near Center Street and Westwood Drive in Marshalltown on Monday. The vehicle, driven by Kathleen Linnay Metivier, 31, of State Center, however, did not stop and she led authorities on a short chase for several minutes.

During the chase by both a sheriff’s deputy and an Iowa State Patrol trooper, it was observed that Metivier threw several items out of the vehicle window, including drug paraphernalia that was later confiscated.

Metivier subsequently did stop the vehicle near Shady Oaks Road and Highway 30 and she was arrested without incident. A passenger in Metivier’s vehicle was not charged during the incident.

Along with a variety of traffic infractions including eluding, speeding and having no driver’s license, authorities charged Metivier for possession of drug paraphernalia and arrested her on an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.

She is currently being held in the Marshall County Jail without bond. A preliminary hearing is slated for 1 p.m. Dec. 29 in Marshall County District Court.

Metivier, coincidentally, was arrested only a few days after her brother was charged by area law enforcement for drug and traffic violations.

On Dec. 13, Ronald Metivier Jr., 36, of State Center, was arrested after the State Center Police Department and the sheriff’s office conducted a traffic stop.

He was arrested for having no driver’s license, driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia. That traffic stop led to authorities gaining a search warrant, which was served at his State Center residence where more drug paraphernalia items were recovered.

Ronald Metivier Jr.’s next court appearance is slated for Jan. 26, 2018. He remains free after he posted bond.