Pursuit Ends With Drunk Driving, Drug Charges For Cedar Rapids Man

By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette

A Cedar Rapids man led police on a high-speed chase that ended when he crashed into an apartment building and a fence.

Around 12:24 a.m. Tuesday, a Cedar Rapids Police Officer witnessed 20-year-old Duval T. Walker drive through a road closure in the area of Second Avenue and Sixth Street SW, according to Sgt. Brian Been. After the officer attempted to pull Walker over, he took off at a high rate of speed.

The pursuit continued until Walker lost control of his vehicle on C Avenue NW. Walker hit an apartment building at 906 C. Ave. NW and drove westbound through the yard until he hit a fence, Been said. Walker then took off on foot.

After police captured Walker, they discovered he had an amount of crack cocaine in the crashed vehicle packaged for sale. He was also discovered to have a blood alcohol content of .033 percent and a suspended license for non-payment of fines. Additionally, Walker had active warrants for forgery in Buchanan County and possession of a controlled substance from the Iowa State Patrol, Been said.

Walker was arrested and, in addition to the warrants, faces charges of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, first offense drunken driving (under Iowa’s “zero tolerance” law for drivers under age 21), eluding, driving under suspension, careless driving, interference with official acts, driving without insurance, hit and run of fixtures adjacent to a roadway and seven counts of disobeying traffic control devices.

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