Multi-county high speed chase ends in Marshalltown arrest


A woman was arrested on Saturday afternoon after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase westward from Tama County near the Meskwaki Casino into Marshall County and, eventually, the city of Marshalltown.

According to Marshall County Sheriff Joel Phillips, Tama County deputies initially located a stolen 2004 Chevy Avalanche at about 1:20 p.m. on Saturday and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver, later identified as 29-year-old Kathleen Dolan of Marshalltown, ignored their instructions and drove away on Highway 30, and Marshall County deputies joined the pursuit when she crossed the county line near Le Grand.

The deputies were unable to stop the vehicle before it entered the city limits of Marshalltown, and officers from the Marshalltown Police Department (MPD) joined the pursuit as it continued on Center Street after the vehicle turned north off of Highway 30.

MPD Sgt. Tom Watson said officers utilized stop sticks at the intersection of Center Street and Linn Street, and at approximately 1:44 p.m., Tama and Marshall county deputies ultimately took Dolan into custody near the intersection of Second Street and State Street after a brief pursuit on foot. She has been charged with second degree theft — motor vehicle, a Class D felony, operating while under the influence first offense, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor.

Dolan was granted a supervised release from the Marshall County Jail on Sunday morning, and she will be required to report to the Iowa Department of Corrections. Additional charges are still pending in Tama County.


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