SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man was arrested on charges of drunken-driving, eluding and other felonies late Monday after leading police on a car chase on Sioux City's west side.
Timothy Mercer, 22, faces charges of eluding, third-offense operating while intoxicated, assault on a police officer, driving while license barred and numerous traffic violations. He is being held in the Woodbury County Jail on a $54,500 bond.
According to court documents, an officer observed a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck driven by Mercer striking the curb at West Fourth Street and Hamilton Boulevard at about 9:24 p.m. When the officer attempted to stop the car, Mercer ran a red light and turned east onto West Third Street before crossing through a parking lot onto West Fourth Street.
Mercer shut off his headlights while crossing the intersection of Fourth Street and Hamilton Boulevard, court documents said, and speeds exceeded 90 mph as Mercer led police to Riverside Boulevard, where he turned north into oncoming traffic before turning west onto Hornick Avenue, then driving through an alley and the yard of a residence before getting back onto Riverside Boulevard.
According to court documents, Mercer then turned west onto Wright Avenue, south through a yard onto Bryant Street, then east onto Florence Street, where he swerved in an attempt to collide head-on with a police car.
Police were able to force Mercer to stop on Florence Street. Officers found a full 42-ounce container of Old English and three empty 12-ounce Keystone Light cans in the bed of the truck, court documents said.
Mercer told police he drank one beer earlier in the evening and had taken anxiety medication and pain/sleeping medication. According to court documents, tests showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.114 percent, above Iowa's legal limit of 0.08 percent.
During further investigation, officers discovered that Mercer was barred from driving because of previous convictions and his driver's license had been revoked because of previous vehicle pursuits with Sioux City police officers.