Separate Trials Scheduled for MN Couple Following High Speed Chase and Drug Charges in Iowa

A Minnesota couple is facing separate trials after a high speed chase ended in drug charges in Worth County Iowa.

Twenty eight year old Paige Ann Gerdts of Wells, has pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.  Forty year old Brett Lance Sylvara of Wells, is pleading not guilty to possession of meth.

Gerdts’ trial is scheduled to begin on October 11th, while Sylvara’s trial is set to start on September 13th.

The two were arrested on July 13th.  Law Enforcement says it tried to pull over a pickup truck with a Minnesota license plate that was driving on Wheelerwood Road with a passenger side brake light out.  Court documents state the truck sped away, leading to a chase that hit speeds of at least 90 mile per hour.

Investigators say the pickup was followed to the Diamond Joe Casino, where Gerdts and Sylvara exited it.  According to court documents, a search found marijuana, six grams of methamphetamine, a scale, baggies and drug pipes in Gerdts purse.  Law Enforcement says a sunglasses case tucked next to the driver’s seat held about three grams of meth and a drug pipe.