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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 6, 2022

Man Who Illegally Possessed Firearm and Led Police on High Speed Chase Sentenced to Federal Prison

A man who led officers on a high-speed chase while illegally possessing a firearm was sentenced today to more than two years in federal prison.

Davon Terrell Biddle, age 22, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 15, 2021 guilty plea to being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

In a plea agreement, Biddle admitted that, on March 29, 2021, he was driving a vehicle through Waterloo, Iowa.  Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop of the vehicle, but Biddle refused to stop.  Instead, Biddle fled from officers, reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone.  Biddle eventually slowed the vehicle so that he and his passengers could flee on foot.  Biddle continued to flee on foot and threw a Walther PPS 9x19mm caliber pistol as he ran from police.  Police located the firearm, and DNA testing established that Biddle’s DNA was on the magazine area of the firearm.  At the time he possessed the firearm, Biddle was an unlawful user of marijuana. 

Biddle was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Biddle was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa C. Williams and was investigated by a Federal Task Force composed of the Waterloo Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisted by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and Cedar Falls Police Department.   

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 21-CR-2059.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
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Updated May 6, 2022