UPDATE: ‘Habitual violator’ involved in chain-reaction collision


Two of the three drivers involved in the three-car, chain-reaction collision about 12:45 p.m. Monday at the corner of First and Willis avenues were driving with licenses suspended or barred, according to the report issued Tuesday by the Perry Police Department.

No injuries were reported in the three-vehicle mishap, which temporarily blocked the southbound lanes of Iowa Highway 144.

The incident involved a 2016 Ford truck, registered to Farm Credit Services of Cedar Falls and driven by Matthew Houser of 1606 Kate Shelley Dr., Boone, that was waiting at the Willis Avenue stop light in the southbound lane of First Avenue.

Also traveling southbound and approaching Houser’s truck from the rear was a 2002 Toyota Echo, registered to Sandra Garreans of Perry and driven by Jeremy Gohn of Perry. According to the report, Gohn, who was driving with a license suspended for failure to pay child support and who was operating the vehicle without proof of liability insurance, was slowing his Toyota as he approached Houser’s stopped truck.

Following Gohn’s car was a 2011 Ford Fusion, registered to Stacy Lynn or Laurann Perry and driven by Laurann Perry, which failed to reduce its speed and struck Gohn’s Toyota from the rear, causing Gohn’s car to strike in turn Houser’s truck.

Perry, 23, of 2105 W. Third St., Perry, was arrested on charges of driving while barred as an habitual violator, driving while suspended for non-payment of Iowa fines and driving while suspended for SR-22 insurance on file.

Perry was released from the Dallas County Jail Tuesday after posting $2,000 bond. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Dallas County District Court Oct. 4.

Perry is also scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Greene County District Court Sept. 25 in connection with her arrest Sept. 22 in Jefferson on a charge of driving while barred.

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


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