Laurel couple flee police, deputy finds machete

A Laurel man is still at large after police arrested his girlfriend on a slew of misdemeanors Monday morning.

Chelsea Kerr, 22, of Laurel, faces 10 misdemeanor charges, including carrying weapons, after a deputy pulled her over in the 100 block of George Avenue in Albion Sunday night.

When the deputy pulled Kerr over, her boyfriend, Ryan Minteer, 33, fled the car, said Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bert Tecklenburg. While the deputy was pursuing Minteer, Kerr also fled the scene.

Minteer is wanted on a warrant out of Webster County for probation violation on a driving while barred charge.

Tecklenburg said the deputy got a tip that the couple might be unlawfully holed up in their former home at 1215 Newby Ave. in Liscomb. Less than 12 hours later, a search of that home revealed that Kerr was indeed staying there, but police did not find Minteer.

Upon her arrest, police charged Kerr with several traffic violations – failure to yield, speeding, improper brake light, no insurance, open container, failure to yield – possession of drug paraphernalia for having a glass pipe, scales and drug packaging, interference with official acts for fleeing the scene, both simple misdemeanors, and carrying a concealed weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor, for possessing a machete the deputy found in the passenger seat of Kerr’s car.

Capt. Mike Hanken, with the Marshalltown Police Department, said the MPD is also charging Kerr with fifth-degree theft for allegedly stealing gas from Jiffy Convenience Store Feb. 11.

The court appointed Kerr a public defender and set her bond at $5,000 cash only. Her preliminary hearing is set for March 1.

The sheriff’s office made details of the incident available Thursday.