Man on meth, bath salts, eludes police in 125 mph car chase


Joey Vazquez

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BONDURANT, Iowa — Troopers in Iowa pursued a car going 125 mph after they recognized it was a stolen car that was connected to a death investigation, court documents state, KCCI reports.

The driver of the red 2015 Honda Civic, Joey Vazquez, 35, refused to pull over for authorities and a chase began Friday around 9 a.m.

Vazquez ran a stop sign and accelarated to 125 mph in a 55 mph zone.

He then swerved into oncoming traffic several times while officers pursued, according to documents.

When he got to Bondurant, he reportedly drove into the city’s 25 mph zone going 95 mph.

He then lost control of the car and was taken into custody after running into a median.

Test results following the chase show he had injected methamphetamine, consumed bath salts and smoked marijuana.

Vazquez is facing the following charges:

  • Operating while intoxicated
  • Driving while his license was denied
  • Driving while his license was under suspension
  • Eluding
  • Driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway
  • Failure to obey a traffic control device
  • Failure to obey a stop or yield sign
  • Failure to maintain control
  • Speeding and third-degree theft

He is in the Polk County jail on $100,000 bail.

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