Odin Man Arrested After Leading Police On A Car ChaseA 27-year-old rural Odin man is being held in the Marion County Jail on multiple charges after leading Central City Police on a chase that ended in a minor crash and discovery of items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Travis Finley of Ferrydale Road was arrested for alleged aggravated fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, possession of meth precursors, criminal damage to state supported property, speeding and failure to signal.
Central City Police say the chase began after a car driven by Finley allegedly passed the squad car traveling 52 miles per hour in the 1400 block of North Elm. The vehicle reportedly changed lanes without signaling, cutting off a pickup truck, and then abruptly changed lanes again and cut off another vehicle. Speeds reached 90 miles per hour at the intersection of Old and New U.S. 51 on the northside of Central City. Finley then reportedly slowed back to the speed limit and threw something out the window of his car near the Taylor Maid in Sandoval that hit the windshield of the patrol car.
Marion County Sheriff's Deputies were able to catch up to the pursuit as it left U.S. 51 onto Ferrydale Road north of Sandoval. Finley and the Central City squad car collided as the Central City officer was trying to stop the vehicle from getting to the residence.
Finley was taken into custody at that point and placed into the rear of the squad car. He then allegedly kicked out the rear window of the squad car as officers were searching the trunk of the vehicle. Items used in the manufacture of meth were allegedly found inside along with a knife. Police say they later found a knife under the driver's seat and another modified knife in between the driver's seat and console.
Police initially reported only minor damage to both vehicles in the crash. However, the squad car was later found to have mechanical problems and could not be driven from the scene.
Finley told police he didn't stop because he 'wanted to go home'. He refused to answer other questions.
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