Lake man arrested after high speed chase

A Clear Lake man was arrested following a high speed chase in Mason City Tuesday, Aug. 29.

A Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a black 2008 Kia Optima driven by Lance Gruelke, of Clear Lake, around 12:37 a.m.  Gruelke fled from a Cerro Gordo County Deputy and a chase began. Speeds reportedly reached 120 mph as Gruelke drove north on Eisenhower Ave. in Mason City, then east on 4th St. SW, back west on the frontage road, then back south on Eisenhower before going east on 19th St. SW.

A Mason City police officer successfully used a tire deflation device at the intersection of 19th and South Federal Avenue.   The driver was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Gruelke, 37, is facing charges of felony eluding law enforcement and five misdemeanors.  Along with the felony charge, he is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, improper brake light and failure to obey traffic control device.

He is being held at the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $6,000 cash bond.

Gruelke suffered minor injuries and no peace officers were injured.  Gruelke’s vehicle sustained minor damage and no law enforcement vehicles were damaged.

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