Local law enforcement participated in a high-speed chase Thursday that started near Fairfield and ended in Mt. Pleasant.
The incident began at about 5:30 p.m. when Jefferson County Sheriff?s deputy Mark Miller noticed two cars speeding while traveling east on Highway 34. Miller wanted assistance before he pulled them over. Lt. Colin Smith of the Fairfield Police Department joined the pursuit near the 210 exit west of Fairfield, where one of the vehicles pulled over but the other did not.
Smith continued pursuing the vehicle that refused to pull over while Miller stayed behind to address the one that did. The elusive vehicle reached speeds greater than 100 mph as it attempted to flee law enforcement.
Smith radioed for help, and was joined by another Jefferson County deputy and three Iowa State Patrol cars. The fleeing vehicle managed to evade three sets of stop sticks that the state patrol laid to puncture its tires. Finally, the vehicle exited Highway 34 when it pulled into a gas station in Mt. Pleasant. Smith estimated that 10 law enforcement vehicles surrounded the fleeing car in the gas station.
The driver of the car was Adrian Scott, 40, of Altoona. He was arrested and charged with eluding, speeding, and no valid driver?s license.
The driver of the other car that was pulled over near exit 210 was issued a speeding ticket.