Suspect eludes UHPD officer in vehicle

At 00:59 AM on July 14, 2017, Officer Simcox with the University Heights Police Department made a traffic stop on a 2015 Chevy Spark. The vehicle was speeding eastbound in the 1200 block of Melrose Avenue, a 25 MPH zone. The vehicle initially stopped and Simcox approached on foot. Before Simcox could reach the vehicle, the driver made a U-turn and accelerated westbound on Melrose Avenue. Simcox pursued and the suspect vehicle reached speeds exceeding 70 MPH. At the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Mormon Trek Boulevard the Chevy lost control, jumped the curb, and landed approximately 50 yards off the roadway in a wetland area.

Three occupants of the vehicle were detained and questioned. A K-9 track was conducted by officers from the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety to find the vehicle’s driver, who is thought to have fled on foot. The driver was not located. One passenger was arrested on a warrant and the other subjects were released.

UHPD was assisted by officers from the Iowa City Police Department, University of Iowa Department of Public Safety, and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. Members of the Iowa City Fire Department and the Johnson County Ambulance Service were also on scene.
The incident remains under investigation.
 

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Officer Simcox from UHPD. Photo by Liz Martin/The Gazette.

Officer Simcox from UHPD. Photo by Liz Martin/The Gazette.

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