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Clear Lake man leads law enforcement on chase Saturday


This news story was published on December 29, 2012.
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CLEAR LAKE – Details are still emerging on a pursuit Saturday morning that began on Interstate 35 and ended in Clear Lake.

According to reports, a green Honda Civic with Arkansas license plates refused to pull over while southbound on Interstate 35 at about 11:30 AM Saturday.

The car turned off the Interstate and headed into Clear Lake on 4th Avenue South and turned north on 8th Street.

The driver, which was said to be Joseph Lee Barnes, 31, of Clear Lake, reportedly bailed from the car and was soon caught.  He was taken into custody at the 800 block of 1st Avenue South at 11:47 AM.

Cerro Gordo County Sheriffs assisted the Clear Lake Police Department in searching the vehicle.

Barnes was arrested and taken to the Cerro Gordo County Jail.  He was charged with a number of crimes, including driving under suspension, careless driving, reckless driving, speeding, stop sign violations.

Barnes is a convicted felon and has been charged with a long list of crimes including burglary, 3rd degree sexual abuse, forgery, theft.  Barnes is currently facing 3 counts of 3rd degree burglary in Floyd County Court and will go to trial in January.

Barnes is also a member of the Iowa sex offender registry, for the crime of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse on a female 0-13 years of age.

Barnes, Joseph Lee SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

Barnes, Joseph Lee
SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

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6 Responses to Clear Lake man leads law enforcement on chase Saturday

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    Bobby G Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    They to put them all on a island. Where the waters are shark infested.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

    @Anonymous-are you kidding me or just trying to start crap? Did you read the list of crimes this guy has committed. It’s not like he smoked a little pot. He is a CRIMINAL with no intentions of stopping and our milksop courts and whiners that cry about the cost of getting them off the streets are exactly the problem. Maybe if you turn him loose the next victim will be you or your family. How will you like it then?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Just pointing out the facts. Prisons are running over capacity. It costs money to build prisons and even more to keep them going. That money has to come from somewhere, that would be from you and me.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2012 at 8:12 am

    We have been over this again and again, but just how much is enough? Lock him up and throw away the key.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 30, 2012 at 9:39 am

      So we should go ahead and build the 4 new prisons it would take to put all the people you would like to see in jail/prison forever?

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        Jason Reply Report comment

        December 31, 2012 at 12:50 am

        Well he was convicted of attempting to rape a child 0-13 so YES.