Chase and crash lead to big meth bust

BURLINGTON, Iowa - A drug investigation led to a high-speed chase with people falling out of cars, cars driving through yards, crashes, and the recovery of a large amount of methamphetamine in Des Moines County on Tuesday afternoon.

Around 4:40 agents with the South East Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Department of Narcotic Enforcement were conducting an investigation into drug trafficking when they attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle in Burlington.

The suspect fled from a number of police vehicles down Highway 99 in excess of 80 MPH in a 55 MPH zone.

The pursuit continued for many miles into the northern part of Des Moines County.  Several times officers attempted to use stop sticks to end the chase but the suspect swerved around them.

At one point a passenger in the suspect vehicle tried to bail out, and hung on for a bit while still moving before falling to the road.  The passenger was not injured.

Eventually the vehicle was cornered near Sperry, driving through a number of yards while trying to escape.

After hitting an unmarked State of Iowa truck, the suspect was rammed off the road by an Iowa State Trooper.

Officers arrested Gregory Baxter Jr. and after a search of his vehicle found a large amount of meth, a digital scale, and plastic baggies.

Baxter is charged with going 25 MPH over the limit, failing to maintain control of his vehicle, interference with official acts, assault on a peace officer, driving with a revoked license, operating while intoxicated, and trafficking in between 5 grams and 100 kilograms of meth.


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