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Couple with illegal substances flees police

MASON CITY – A traffic stop turned into a pursuit Saturday night on gravel roads south of Mason City, leading to two arrests.

On Saturday night, January 21, 2017, at about 8:58 PM, a Cerro Gordo County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup near Partridge Avenue and Owl Avenue for a traffic violation. The pickup refused to stop. The pursuit went on for several miles on various gravel roads in Cerro Gordo County.

The pursuit later ended in a field with no injuries.

The driver of the pickup, Danny Lee Belcher, age 45 of Rockwell, was arrested for eluding and possession of a controlled substance, both class D felonies.

The passenger, Vanessa Rose Belcher, age 42 of Rockwell, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a class B felony; failure to affix tax stamp, a class D felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor; and possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor.

Both the pickup and a sheriff’s office vehicle sustained minor damage.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Rockwell EMS, Rockwell Police Department, and Mason City Fire Medics.

Belcher, Danny Lee
Belcher, Vanessa Rose
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