Iowa man leads deputies on 140 mph chase

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 25, 2011 7:20 AM

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A North Liberty man faces numerous charges after allegedly leading officials on a drunken car chase reaching 140 mph.

Ryan Foust, 26, 2387 Mehaffey Bridge Road N.E., was charged Thursday with OWI, eluding, and assault causing bodily injury.

According to complaints from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy clocked Foust traveling 87 mph in a 45 zone in a gray 2004 BMW near Riverside Drive during the early hours of the morning.

Once the deputy turned on his emergency lights in order to pull Foust over, complaints said he allegedly continued traveling south at speeds of up to 140 mph, weaving in and out of traffic.

During the initial phases of the pursuit, dispatch received a phone call from a passenger of the vehicle who said he was begging the driver to stop, he didn’t know the driver, and the driver had been drinking, the report said.

Reports said Foust later tried to prevent the passenger from using his phone to call 911 and punched him in the nose with a closed fist.

The chase ended at mile marker 75 in Washington County, where officials said Foust tested for a blood alcohol concentration of .122.

— by Hayley Bruce

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