Man with extensive criminal history arrested after eluding MPD


A Tama County man made his initial appearance in Marshall County District Court Thursday after eluding Marshalltown police for approximately one hour Wednesday before being found by a K-9.

Christopher Wayne Haller, 33, of Chelsea was arrested for interference with official acts and driving while license is under suspension, according to MPD and Marshall County District Court records.

Capt. Brian Batterson of the MPD said Haller fled from a vehicle during a traffic stop executed by a uniformed officer in a marked police car in the 300 block of Columbus Drive near St. Francis School. The officer was attempting to serve Haller a warrant from another county.

MPD and court records showed the defendant did not stop when told and continued to flee on foot. He then entered an area near Lenihan Intermediate School. The schools were not in session, but were locked down since staff were present.

“We set up a perimeter and called in our K-9 unit to assist in apprehending the suspect,” Capt. Mike Hanken of the MPD said. “We found him hiding under a deck and took him into custody.”

Haller was taken to Marshall County Jail where he is being held without bond.

Tama County charges

Haller has an extensive arrest record in Tama County.

In February, Haller, then of Toledo, “entered guilty pleas in Tama County District Court and sentenced on charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent to a suspended two-year prison term and a suspended $625 fine; possession of methamphetamine first offense was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for time served and the balance of the sentence suspended and fined $315; was adjudged guilty of second degree theft and sentenced to a suspended five-year prison term, fined $750 which was also suspended, placed on supervised probation for three years to the Department of Correctional Services and directed to pay a $300 supervisory fee, was to reside at a correctional residential facility for up to 365 days, and ordered to pay $125 restitution and assessed court costs of $311,” according to the Tama News Herald/Toledo Chronicle.

His driving privileges were revoked for 180 days.

Haller was also charged on Sept. 25, 2017, for operating a stolen van owned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office in Toledo by Toledo police. Haller told the officer he had paid a friend to use the van and did not know it was stolen.

Haller was also charged on Nov. 7, 2017, with second degree theft for stealing a vehicle in Toledo on Oct. 28. After running out of gas with the vehicle on Oct. 31 at P Avenue and 320th Street, Haller was observed fleeing from the vehicle and hiding in a grove of trees. A police dog was deployed and Haller was taken into custody by Toledo police.


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