A high speed chase through Black Hawk and Buchanan Counties leads to the arrest of an Independence man.

Just before 3:00 A.M. this morning (Thursday, December 1), a Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle after witnessing it run a red light at the intersection of Raymond Road and Dunkerton Road. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Troy Postel-Vargason, 34,of Independence Iowa, fled from the deputy then led officers on a pursuit throughout rural Black Hawk and Buchanan Counties.

Speeds during the pursuit exceeded 100 miles per hour on paved roads and 75 miles per hour on gravel roads. Postel-Vargason was eventually taken into custody at around 3:30 A.M. near the intersection of Raymond Road and Donald Road after he drove into a field in an attempt to avoid stop sticks which had been deployed by officers. He exited his vehicle with a small wooden club but was placed under arrest without incident.

Postel-Vargason was transported to the Black Hawk County Jail where he was charged with numerous driving offenses including Eluding and multiple counts of Driving with a Suspended License. He was also charged with one count of Carrying Weapons.

Teresa Andrews,43, of Shell Rock Iowa was a passenger in the vehicle, but at this time she is not facing any criminal charges.

There were no injuries sustained by anyone, nor was there damage to any vehicles during the pursuit.

The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Waterloo and Evansdale Police Departments in this incident.