Man charged after high speed chase closes I-35 in north Iowa

WORTH COUNTY, Iowa- A man is in custody in northern Iowa after a high speed chase on I-35 Tuesday afternoon, that forced the closure of the interstate near the Iowa-Minnesota border.

The Worth County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Moses Francisco Cruz is charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Interference with Official Acts, and Eluding 25 miles over the speed limit.

Authorities say the chase began in Minnesota and ended in Iowa near mile marker 214, near Northwood, Iowa.

Sergeant Keith Duenow of the Iowa State Patrol tells WHO Radio News the interstate was blocked for 3-4 hours during the incident. He says the initial call came in about a man, driving and waving a gun around at other drivers. He says stop sticks were used once Cruz crossed over the state line into Iowa, but he refused to get out of his vehicle, until an armored vehicle arrived and blocked his path. Sgt. Duenow says officers deployed tear gas, and were able to take Cruz into custody without any further incidents.

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