Man wades into Linn Creek to elude MPD



An attempted traffic stop of a vehicle by a Marshalltown police officer earlier this week resulted in a pursuit and the driver wading into Linn Creek.

The scenario started when Marshalltown police attempted to stop a vehicle covered with snow resulting in extremely limited visibility for safe operation, said Capt. Brian Batterson of the MPD. The driver, Sean Douglas Switzer, 38, of Marshalltown refused to stop.

While attempting to flee police, he abandoned his vehicle when it became stuck on a Union Pacific Rail Road crossing on 12th Avenue. Switzer fled on foot and eventually waded into a waist-deep Linn Creek. The defendant was taken into custody and admitted to the UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Emergency Room for examination for hypothermia and other injuries sustained during the incident.

Following his release, Switzer was charged with three criminal counts. They were interference with official acts, driving while license under suspension and reckless driving according to the police and Marshall Count District Court records. Additionally, he was cited for nine traffic violations, including driving on wrong side of two-way highway, driving with obstructed view or control, and driving on wrong side of two-way highway. Switzer was later taken to Marshall County Jail and also made an initial appearance in court.