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Mason City man accused of car theft, high speed chase withdraws from plea change hearing, will stand trial

CLEAR LAKE — A Mason City man accused of stealing a vehicle from a Clear Lake gas station and being involved in a pursuit on Interstate 35 was scheduled to have a plea change hearing on Tuesday, but he now wants to stand trial on the charges.

A criminal complaint said 50-year-old Aaron Ryerson on the evening of January 20th took a diesel pickup truck valued at $60,000 from the Kwik Star store east of the interstate. Ryerson was seen driving the vehicle northbound on I-35. The Iowa State Patrol located the vehicle and stopped it after a short pursuit at the 205 mile marker.

Ryerson’s attorney filed notices with the court late last week that he would not be pleading guilty and requested that the matters be reset for trial, and that he intends to rely on the defense of “Defense of Intoxication” at his trial. District Judge Colleen Weiland has set Ryerson’s trial to start on August 10th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

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