Suspect charged in Traer vehicle pursuit case

Justin Lee Meyer.

A Cedar Falls man has been arrested in connection with a high-speed vehicle pursuit that took place on June 27. The chase began on the Meskwaki Settlement and concluded in a residential neighborhood in Traer.

Justin Lee Meyer, 33, of Cedar Falls was arrested on July 15 by Waterloo Police who found Meyer after being dispatched to a residence in Waterloo.

According to court documents, the pursuit in Tama County began when Meyer, operating a black BMW, encountered a Meskwaki Police vehicle on the Meskwaki Settlement and took off toward Highway 30 in an attempt to elude the officer.

The chase reached speeds over 110 mph and Meyer eventually escaped as he headed north through Tama County.

Meyer’s car was found on S Cherry Street in Traer later that afternoon. The passenger in the car, Justina Lynn Davis, 29, was found by police in the restroom of the Traer Municipal Swimming Pool. Davis was arrested and charged with interference with official acts after lying to law enforcement about being involved in the incident.

Court documents state Meyer made his way back to Cedar Falls with help from an unknown Traer resident who gave him a ride after the car chase incident.

Less than one month later, Meyer was apprehended at a residence in Waterloo.

In Tama County Meyer faces a felony charge of eluding a law officer and possession of a controlled substance for marijuana that was found in the BMW car.

Prior to the incident in Tama County, Meyer was charged in Black Hawk County for first degree theft after stealing a vehicle and eluding police officers, also in a high-speed incident. Meyer faces felony theft and a controlled substance violation (methamphetamine) in Black Hawk County as well the charges in Tama County.

In Tama County court, Meyer is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 7, while in Black Hawk County court a trial is set for Sept. 28.

Meyer is being represented in Tama County by public defender Scott Hunter.