Man arrested after high-speed chase in Richland

RICHLAND ? An Ottumwa man was arrested Thursday after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase in Richland.

The driver, Robert James Wilson, was arrested on outstanding warrants, felony eluding, driving under suspension and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The event began when Richland police conducted a routine traffic stop on a black Mitsubishi Eclipse at the intersection of Oak Avenue and Highway 78 in Richland. Officers ran the plates and learned they were registered to a different vehicle.

The driver sped away on Highway 78, going west toward Ollie. The vehicle reached speeds greater than 120 mph. According to a news release from the Keokuk County Attorney?s Office, the chase moved to gravel roads, whereupon Wilson lost control of the vehicle and left it in the roadway. He exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Several law enforcement agencies were called to search for Wilson, including personnel from the Richland Police Department, Sigourney Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, and Keokuk, Jefferson and Wapello county sheriff?s offices. Wilson was discovered near Pekin Community Schools attempting to flag-down a ride. A search of the vehicle uncovered a loaded firearm.

At the time of his arrest, Wilson was determined to have multiple outstanding felony warrants for escape from custody.