MASON CITY – A meth dealer sent to prison on a ten-year term got out real early then proceeded to abscond from the Beje Clark halfway house, eventually leading cops on a dangerous chase.
On February 14, at about 2:14 AM, a Cerro Gordo County Sheriffs Deputy attempted to make a traffic stop of a 2001 Dodge Ram truck, driven by a wanted fugitive, 46-year-old Frederick Joseph Olson of Mason City. Olson was sent to prison in 2016 on a ten-year prison sentence for dealing meth, and he also attacked a jailer. The traffic stop was attempted near the intersection of 19th Street SW and South Grover Ave. Olson was wanted for a valid absence from custody arrest warrant, issued by Beje Clark Residential Center where Olson is court ordered. When the Deputy attempted a traffiic stop of Olson, he fled in the vehicle. The vehicle pursuit lasted for several minutes in Mason City. Olson drove on South and North Pierce, 12th Street NE, 12th St NW, North and South Illinois, and also on Highway 122. Mason City Police assisted with the pursuit and were able to use stop stick tire deflation devices three different times during the pursuit. The stop sticks caused the tires on Olson’s truck to deflate. Olson then crashed into a large snowbank near the intersection of 4th Street SW and Winnebago Way. During the pursuit, Olson attemped to strike the Deputy’s patrol vehicle with the Dodge Ram. Olson resisted arrest after crashing the truck into the snowbank, but was taken into custody by Deputies and Officers. Olson was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.
Olson received minor injuries and was taken to Mercy One North Iowa.
No Deputies or Officers were injured as a result of this incident and no patrol vehicles were damaged.
Olson is charged with Eluding (class D Felony), 2nd offense possession of meth (aggravated misdemeanor), interference with official acts (simple misdemeanor), and driving under suspension (simple misdemeanor). Olson was also served his absence from custody warrant.
The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Mason City police department.