UPDATED at 3:32 p.m. – An Olin man was arrested after police chased a stolen vehicle in Marion early Wednesday morning, officials said.
A Marion police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for driving without headlights around 1:04 a.m. The driver, 25-year-old Michael Moman, refused to pull over and a vehicle pursuit ensued, officials said.
According to Marion police Lt. Scott Elam, the vehicle was traveling at a pretty fast rate before it lost control near the intersection of Eighth Avenue and 31st Street. Lt. Elam believes the curb sent the vehicle airborne before it rolled and hit a pole in the Advance Auto parking lot at 3100 Seventh Avenue. Lt. Elam wasn’t sure if anyone lost power as a result of the crash.
Moman was transported to Mercy Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, and later taken to the Linn County Jail.
Authorities discovered the vehicle driven by Moman was stolen from a Cedar Rapids residence. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft, operating while intoxicated, eluding, driving while license barred, operating a vehicle while headlights required, disobeying a traffic signal, disobeying a stop sign and failure to maintain control. This is Moman’s second operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated offense, police said.
Due to the crash, 31st Street was closed between 10th and Eighth avenues this morning.