Allegedly Intoxicated Man Leads Johnson County Cops On 110 MPH Chase0
Around 5 AM on Saturday, a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy was sitting in a parked vehicle in Solon. A car flew by the officer going at least 100 miles per hours in a 45-MPH zone. The defendant’s vehicle was later spotted running several stop lights and driving well over the speed limit in Iowa City. Deputies caught up with the black BMW 3 Series near the Procter & Gamble on Lower Muscatine Road.
The defendant, 28-year-old Kenneth M. Parker, continued westbound on U.S. Highway 6 using the eastbound lanes. Deputies followed in suit at speeds of 100 MPH in a 55-MPH zone. Parker refused to pull over, preventing authorities from making a traffic stop.
Eventually, Parker crashed his vehicle into a ditch at 2800 Naples Avenue. He was taken into custody a short time later. Parker later admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. An evaluation confirmed that Parker was unfit to safely operate the vehicle.
The defendant was charged with eluding, operating while under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. He is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.