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Rock Island man arrested on drug, eluding and gun charges after high speed chase through Bettendorf

Rock Island man arrested on drug, eluding and gun charges after high speed chase through Bettendorf

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A Rock Island man was arrested early Saturday on felony drug, eluding and gun charges after leading the Iowa State Patrol on a high-speed chase through Bettendorf with the man driving in excess of 80 mph on Spruce Hills Drive and in excess of 100 mph on Interstate 74.

Tavion Aumad Jefferson-Collins, 18, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver more than 5 grams of methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as MDMA and ecstasy. The charge is a Class B felony that carries a prison sentence of 25 years.

Jefferson-Collins also is charged with eluding, a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of five years. He also is charged with one count each of person ineligible to carry dangerous weapons, possession of a controlled substance-first offense and possession of marijuana-first offense, each a serious misdemeanor that carries one year in the county jail.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ian Cornwell, at 1:21 a.m. a red 2009 Chevrolet Impala was seen westbound on Interstate 74 crossing over State Street in Bettendorf at a high rate of speed.

Cornwell activated his radar which indicted the Impala was traveling 78 mph in a 55 mph work zone. Cornwell attempted to stop the vehicle as it was taking the Kimberly Road exit.

The driver of the vehicle, Jefferson-Collins, did not stop even though Cornwell had activated his emergency lights and sirens.

Jefferson-Collins then drove east on Spruce Hills Drive at speeds in excess of 80 mph. The speed limit there is 30 mph. Jefferson-Collins disobeyed traffic signals, made unsafe passes of other vehicles and drove into the opposite lanes of traffic.

Jefferson-Collins then made it back to State Street and began driving the wrong way, westbound on the eastbound one-way, toward Interstate 74.

He then got on westbound Interstate 74 and increased his speed in excess of 100 mph. Jefferson-Collins continued to eastbound Interstate 80 where he drove at speeds of 100 mph. Jefferson-Collins then rolled down his window and began making hand signs that he was pulling over.

Jefferson-Collins was taken into custody, and two other people in the vehicle were detained.

From the vehicle Iowa State Patrol troopers seized marijuana, suspected cocaine, ecstasy and a .38-caliber revolver with the serial number removed. The suspected drugs and firearm were sent to the state crime lab for testing and analysis.

Jefferson-Collins made a first appearance Saturday in Scott County District Court. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for Jan. 18.

Jefferson-Collins was being held Saturday night in the Scott County Jail on a bond of $33,000, cash or surety.


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