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Man Who Fled From Police After Tossing Firearm and Drugs Sentenced to Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
During high-speed chase, man crashed into another car and injured a pregnant woman and child

A man who fled from police and tried to get rid of a loaded firearm, $14,000 in cash, and marijuana was sentenced yesterday to over nine years in federal prison.

Christopher Evans, age 33, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after pleading guilty on June 7, 2021 to possession of a firearm by a felon.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings showed that, during a high-speed chase with law enforcement, Evans struck a vehicle containing a pregnant woman, two children, and an adult male.  After the collision, a child had glass in his car seat.  Both the pregnant woman and a child suffered injuries as a result of the crash.  Instead of checking on the occupants of that car, Evans continued to flee from law enforcement on foot before being ultimately detained.  During the chase, Evans tried to dispose of a loaded firearm and illegal drugs.

Evans was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Evans was sentenced to 110 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Evans is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Devra Hake and Assistant United States Attorney Jake Schunk, and it was investigated by the Dubuque Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-CR-01041.

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Updated January 26, 2022

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