MN Couple Arrested and Facing Drug Charges Following High Speed Chase in Northern Iowa

A Minnesota couple is facing drug charges after a high speed chase ended at Diamond Jo Casino in Worth County.

Twenty eight year old Paige Ann Gerdts, of Wells, has been booked into the Worth County Jail on $27,000 bond.  Forty year old Brett Lance Sylvara, of Janesville, was booked into the jail on a $2,000 bond.

Court documents state a pickup truck with a Minnesota license plate was spotted just before 2am Tuesday driving on Wheelerwood Road with a passenger side brake light out.  A law enforcement vehicle tried to pull over the pickup, but it sped away, starting a pursuit that reached at least 90 mph.

Investigators say the pickup entered the east parking lot of the Diamond Jo Casino and Sylvara exited the driver’s side and Gerdts got out of the passenger side.  An officer approached and told them to stop, but only Sylvara did, while Gerdts went into the casino.

Court documents state a search of the vehicle found marijuana, six grams of methamphetamine, a scale, baggies and drug pipes in Gerdt’s purse.  Law enforcement says a sunglasses case tucked next to the driver’s seat held about three grams of meth and a drug pipe.

Gerdts is currently facing felony drug charges, while Sylvara is accused of misdemeanor drug offenses.