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Iowa Trooper Stops Suspect From Harming Himself

WAVERLY, Iowa -- A state trooper talked a motorist into surrendering after the driver led authorities on a chase through two counties and raced through Waverly at speeds surpassing 80 mph Saturday night.

The driver, Franklin Foster, was detained without further incident, according to the Iowa State Patrol. He was charged with eluding, assault on a peace officer, failure to obey a stop sign and driving while suspended.

The chase began in Floyd County after a sheriff's deputy attempted to pull over the vehicle on U.S. Highway 218 around 7:45 p.m. Troopers joined the pursuit, which crossed into Bremer County and then darted through Waverly east on Iowa Highway 3.

After leaving Waverly, the fleeing driver headed north on U.S. Highway 63, where a deputy with the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office used anti-tire devices, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

The vehicle continued on and turned west, eventually stopping at 210th Street in Bremer County. The driver, who was armed with a number of weapons, had the muzzle of a gun pointed into this mouth when officers approached, according to the State Patrol.

That led to a one-hour standoff during a thunder and hailstorm. Trooper Tom Williams, a trained negotiator, talked the man into giving up.

Other agencies assisting in the chase and standoff were Bremer, Floyd, Black Hawk and Chickasaw sheriffs' offices, Denver police and ambulance and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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