MASON CITY – At approximately 4:10 pm on April 24, 2012 a Clear Lake police officer attempted to stop a motorcycle at 1st Ave N and N 8th Street in Clear Lake. The driver of the motorcycle refused to stop and attempted to elude police northbound on N 8th Street. The officer pursued the fleeing motorcycle as it weaved in and out of traffic at speeds in excess of 75 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. The motorcycle continued to accelerate as it left the city limits of Clear Lake to speeds well over 100 miles per hour.
The motorcycle continued to flee north of Clear Lake on Grouse Ave and then east onto County Road B-20, with the Clear Lake officer still in pursuit. A Mason City officer went to the intersection of B-20 and N Eisenhower Ave to prevent the motorcycle from coming into Mason City. When the motorcycle reached N Eisenhower Ave, it continued east on B-20 until reaching the intersection with Highway #65 where other Mason City officers were waiting. Initially it appeared as if the motorcycle driver was going to stop, but as he approached the Mason City officers he accelerated around their squads and through the ditch until he was again fleeing north on Highway #65. The Mason City officers were able to get the license plate number of the motorcycle and identified the registered owner as living at 1007 11th Street in Mason City. Officers saw the motorcycle turn east onto B-20 at which point they discontinued the pursuit.
At 4:24 pm a Mason City officer observed the suspect motorcycle in Mason City in the 800 block of N Rhode Island. When the driver saw the officer he stopped the motorcycle and fled down an alley on foot. The address of the registered owner was only about four blocks away. When Mason City Officers went to the address of the registered owner they were met by 18 year old Cody Studer who initially denied being the driver of the motorcycle. After some additional questioning; Studer admitted to being the driver. The motorcycle was impounded (see photo, above) and Studer was taken to the Cerro Gordo County jail.
Cody Studer was charged by Mason City Police with charges of; Driving While Barred, Failure to have SR-22 Insurance, Driving Under Suspension and Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle. Studer was also charged by the Clear Lake Police with; Speeding, No Driver’s License, Driving under Suspension, No Insurance, Reckless Driving and Eluding a Law Enforcement Official at speeds in excess of 25 miles an hour over the posted speed limit, a class D felony.
SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.