Two people have been arrested and charged with eluding law enforcement in two separate car chases Monday.
Dillon Jacob Rasch, 27, of Davenport, was arrested and charged with second degree theft. Alissa Nicole Patterson, 20, of Biggsville, Illinois, was also charged with second degree theft.
Fairfield Police Lt. Colin Smith said the incident began at about 8 a.m. Monday when Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Miller was attempting to make contact with a vehicle stolen from Mt. Pleasant, but the vehicle sped away. Miller chased the vehicle from just outside Fairfield’s city limits for several miles until losing sight of it near Packwood.
Later that morning, Fairfield Police Officer Ryan Mills sees a vehicle believed to be stolen from Fairfield and attempts to stop it, but the driver refuses to stop and continues heading east on Highway 34. That vehicle was driven by Rasch, with Patterson as a passenger.
Law enforcement attempted to stop the vehicle using spike sticks around mile marker 233, but Rasch avoided them. While attempting to take the exit onto 218 near Mt. Pleasant, Rasch lost control of the vehicle. At 1:44 p.m., Rasch and Patterson were arrested.
Smith said more charges are pending in this case, which involves four stolen cars, all of which have been recovered. He said authorities believe the morning car chase near Packwood and the one later in the day ending in Mt. Pleasant are connected.
Chief Deputy Bart Richmond said one of the stolen cars was recovered in the Fairfield Walmart parking lot. The car that Rasch was driving at the time of his arrest was stolen from the Walmart parking lot. Richmond said the owner of the vehicle has declined to press charges.