Man arrested after car chase



STATE CENTER — It started out as a car chase, but it was teamwork among three different law enforcement agencies that helped authorities capture a suspect over the weekend.

According to State Center Police Chief Jeff Bunn, an officer with his department was conducting a traffic stop Saturday at about 10:49 p.m., near the intersection of Second Street Southwest and Second Avenue Southwest. The vehicle, in question, had a rear tail light out and an unreadable license plate.

At the officer approach the stopped vehicle, Bunn said the driver took off, fleeing north through State Center to Eastman Avenue. The suspect being chased by the State Center officer, along with a deputy from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, pursued the vehicle in the county, which reached speeds of up to 100 mph.

Law enforcement, however, lost sight of the vehicle in the 1900 block of Main Street Road, about 4-5 miles east of State Center.

Further investigation found that the vehicle was registered to a State Center woman — Chief Bunn contacted her and found that she did not have possession of her vehicle and was actually at a Marshalltown hospital. A Marshalltown police officer later spoke with the woman and others and learned that the woman’s boyfriend — Jakeup Jay Landon Surber, 27 — was in fact driving the vehicle.

Bunn and other officers then traveled back to the area where the vehicle was last seen because in fact, Surber’s parents, lived in the vicinity.

Officers went to the residence, and asked to search the premises where they found Surber hiding in a bedroom closet.

“We took him into custody at 1:18 a.m. (Sunday),” Bunn said. “The vehicle had been tucked away between the house and a hog shed. It was good police work, and nobody got hurt and the suspect was apprended. All the agencies worked together to get the job done.”

Surber was charged with speeding, having no driver’s license and felony eluding. He was also arrested on three warrants from Wayne and Appanoose counties.

Surber is currently being held in the Marshall County Jail.