UPDATE: Eluding suspect ‘wanted us to shoot him’

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Marcus Anthony Terrell, 29, of Carlisle was arrested Wednesday on charges of driving while barred and second or subsequent offense eluding-speed 25 mph over limit and issued citations for reckless driving, dark windows, two citations for speeding and two citations for failure to obey stop sign and yield right of way.


Pursuit intervention techniques (PITs) were successfully deployed on Iowa Highway 141 south of Bouton Tuesday to stop a man fleeing in a pickup truck.

JEFFERSON, Iowa — The serial eluder who led law enforcement on a high-speed chase through three counties Tuesday was released on his own recognizance Wednesday in Greene County District Court.

Marcus Anthony Terrell, 29, of 100 S. Eight St., Carlisle, was charged with driving while barred and second or subsequent offense eluding-speed 25 mph over limit and issued citations for reckless driving, dark windows, two citations for speeding and two citations for failure to obey stop sign and yield right of way.

The incident began about 3:43 p.m. on U.S. Highway 30 near W Avenue near Grand Junction, where a Greene County Deputy Sheriff recognized Terrell as a barred driver operating a 2005 GMC Sierra pickup truck and traveling eastward, according to court records.

Terrell turned southward on W Avenue and then westward on 230th Street, according to court records. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Terrell “did not attempt to stop and continued westbound on 230th Street,” eventually traveling at high speed through Grand Junction, Perry and Bouton at “speeds exceeding 90 mph.”

Terrell’s vehicle was forcibly stopped on Iowa Highway 141 at O Avenue by law enforcement by means of pursuit intervention techniques (PITs). According to court records, Terrell “continued to attempt to drive away” even after his vehicle was stopped.

A Greene County Deputy Sheriff opened the rear passenger door of Terrell’s pickup truck and “commanded Terrell to get out of the vehicle,” but Terrell “stated several time that he wanted us to shoot him, and he continued to resist,” according to court records.

At length Terrell “was tased within the driver’s seat,” and officers “pulled him out through the back seat,” according to court records. He was handcuffed and examined by Dallas County EMS paramedics before being transported to the Greene County Jail. The truck was towed to the Greene County impound lot.

The Iowa State Patrol, Boone County Sheriff’s office, Dallas County Sheriff’s office, Perry Police Department, Granger Police Department and Dallas County EMS assisted the Greene County Sheriff’s office in the pursuit and arrest.

Terrell was held in the Greene County Jail before release on his own recognizance Wednesday. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 12 in Greene County District Court.

Terrell was convicted of eluding in 2017 in Guthrie County District Court and again in Adair County District Court. He was convicted of driving while barred in 2017 in Guthrie County District Court and in February 2021 in Warren County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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