Marion Man Facing Multiple Charges After Burglary, Theft in Guthrie Center

January 5, 2018 6:08 am

10959520_797542426960066_1456366397225527093_nA Marion man will be facing multiple charges following a traffic stop and alleged burglary in Guthrie Center late Thursday evening.

According to the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, 40-year-old Zac Bratzel was arrested near 255th Street and Pelican Avenue just before midnight. Earlier in the evening, Bratzel fled from a Guthrie County Sheriff’s deputy following an attempted traffic stop west of Guthrie Center on Highway 44. The deputy clocked Bratzel’s vehicle at 109 MPH and pursued him into Guthrie Center, initially losing sight of the vehicle.

At approximately 10pm, a local citizen reported a vehicle theft in progress from the Guthrie Center REC. Law enforcement responded to the report and located the stolen vehicle as it was fleeing the scene on gravel roads south of Guthrie Center. After a short pursuit, the stolen vehicle pulled over and Bratzel was taken into custody without incident.

Bratzel has been charged with first degree theft, a Class C felony, and third degree burglary, a Class D felony, as well as several other misdemeanors. He is currently being held at the Guthrie County Jail. The Panora Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office. Raccoon Valley Radio will bring you more information as it becomes official.

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