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Wanted Mason City man flees in his Astro van, cops catch him hiding under mattress

MASON CITY – He urged his Astro van to top speeds of 90 miles per hour and beyond, ultimately fleeing to his home and the comfort of his mattress, before cops snared this wanted Mason City man.

The Cerro GOrdo county sheriff’s office says that on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at about 11:28pm, a Cerro Gordo county deputy attempted a traffic stop of Jeremy Nicholas Mulford, 41, of Mason City. Mulford fled in a 2003 Chevrolet Astro Van, reaching speeds of about 90 miles per hour at times through Mason City. Mulford fled from the deputy at 12th Street SE and South Federal Avenue, and on numerous other city streets. Mulford eventually drove to his residence at 504 6th Street SE in Mason City, where he attempted to run into the residence to hide. Deputies made entry to the residence and arrested Mulford after he tried to hide under a bed mattress. Mulford was arrested on six valid warrants out of Cerro Gordo County. The Cerro Gordo County warrants include: violation of parole, trespass 1st offense, fail to appear for pre-trial release for theft 2nd degree, fail to appear for pre-trial release for eluding, theft 2nd degree and trespass, and theft 2nd degree and possession of burglars tools. Mulford also had a warrant out of Worth County with multiple counts including: 3 counts of theft 2nd degree, theft 3rd degree, theft 4th degree, criminal mischief 1st degree, 3 counts of trespass, and ongoing criminal conduct.

Mulford was taken to the county lockup and is held with no bond on his warrants.

As a result of the pursuit, Mulford is being charged with eluding and driving under suspension. A search warrant was conducted on the vehicle and his residence and further criminal charges are possible, as an investigation is ongoing.

Cerro Gordo County Deputies were assisted by Mason City Police and Iowa State Patrol.

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