Jasper Man Facing Several Charges Following Pursuit With Police

Christensen

Christensen

Jasper (NNDC) – A police chase Wednesday evening has landed a Jasper man in jail facing several charges.

Jasper police say shortly after 8:00PM, a JPD officer observed a vehicle that did not yield the right of way while making a left hand turn onto 6th Street from Newton.

The officer then tried to initiate a traffic stop in the Family Video parking lot on 6th, but the driver of the vehicle, later identified as 27-year old Cody Christensen of Jasper, fled the parking lot at a high rate of speed onto Fifth Street.

JPD says Christensen then drove through the CVS parking lot and then proceeded north onto MacArthur Street toward 13th. Both JPD and DCSD officers began pursuit.

Moments later, Christensen’s vehicle was located in the parking lot of the St. Thomas Medical Center on West 13th Street. After being spotted by police in pursuit, JPD says Christensen then drove over a four-foot tall wall landing on Bartley Street.

Police says the pursuit continued down Bartley onto 6th again, over to Dorbett, onto Wilson, to 14th, then Robert, then back on 13th where police say Christensen ran a red light at Newton.

JPD says Christensen continued east on 13th where police suspended the pursuit near 13th and Franklin due to the narrow eastside streets and the aggressive driving by Christensen.

Police later located Christensen at his home on West 400 North where he was taken into custody.

He now faces multiple charges including Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (his blood alcohol content tested .11% at Memorial Hospital after being taken into custody)  That charge is a Level 6 felony because of a prior conviction of the same charge in the last five years.

He also faces two charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Motor Vehicle, which is also a level 6 felony and two Level 6 felony counts of operating a motor vehicle While being an Habitual Traffic Violator.

He’s also facing a Level 6 felony count of Possession of Paraphernalia.

Police say they observed, in plain sight, multiple articles of drug paraphernalia in Christensen’s vehicle.

He also faces misdemeanor counts of Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, two additional counts of Reckless Driving, two more counts of Criminal Recklessness with Motor Vehicle and numerous traffic violations.

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The wall police say Christensen drove over to elude officers.

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