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Dash-Cam Video Shows Cedar Rapids Teen Leading Troopers on High Speed Chase
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Iowa State Patrol Friday released dash cam video of a chase and standoff involving a Cedar Rapids teenager. The chase happened Tuesday on Interstate 35 in the Des Moines metro area.
It ended with 19-year-old Albert Austin facing eleven charges, including first offense drunk driving and carrying weapons.
The state patrol said the chase on I-35 started when Austin, driving a red car, speeds past a trooper, who slides in behind and speeds up.
They flew across the city's north side, curving south through afternoon traffic. Speeds reached more than 100 miles per hour during the chase.
About 16 minutes after the chase started, a second trooper threw out stop sticks, which pierced the car's tires. The patrol said Austin refused to get out of the car.
Troopers said because Austin had displayed a weapon during the chase, they closed the interstate in both directions and called in a negotiator.
About an hour later, Austin left the car with his hands up and surrendered to officers. Austin reportedly told officers he was just having a bad day.