from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Linda M.
Fangman and Bradley J. Harris, Judges.
Dawson appeals his convictions for various drug crimes,
eluding, and driving while barred.
R. Fiester, Cedar Rapids, for appellant.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Katie Krickbaum, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee.
Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.
Dawson appeals from his convictions for drug crimes, eluding,
and driving while barred. He claims the district court erred
in denying his motions for new trial, he received ineffective
assistance of counsel, there is insufficient evidence to
support his possession conviction, and the verdict was
contrary to the weight of the evidence. We affirm.
Facts and Prior Proceedings
August 6, 2017, Evansdale Police Officer Dustin Mooty was
patrolling in a marked police vehicle. He observed an
individual who appeared to be texting and driving. The
individual was later identified as Dawson.
Officer Mooty found a safe place to turn around, he looked in
his side-view mirror and saw Dawson's vehicle run a stop
sign. By the time Officer Mooty turned around, Dawson's
vehicle was a ways ahead of him. But he saw Dawson run a red
point, Officer Mooty turned on his police cruiser lights and
siren and pursued. Dawson fled, accelerating to speeds of
ninety-five miles per hour in a fifty-five-mile-per-hour
Dawson turned into an alleyway, jumped out of his moving
vehicle, and fled on foot. Officer Mooty got out of his
patrol car to continue his pursuit.
officers responded to assist. They set up a perimeter to
ensure Dawson did not get away. Officers combed the area for
Dawson. While looking for him, Waterloo Police Officer Marc
Moore discovered a small plastic baggie not far from where
Dawson abandoned his car. The baggie contained a substance
that appeared to be methamphetamine, which later testing
confirmed. Eventually, Waterloo Police Officer Enes Mrzljak
discovered Dawson hiding behind a woodpile nearby.
State charged Dawson with possession of more than five grams
of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, in violation of
Iowa Code section 124.401(1)(b) (2017); eluding, in violation
of section 321.279(3); drug tax stamp violation, in violation
of section 453B.12; and driving while barred, in violation of