Woman arrested after high-speed chase

Leah Marcelle Ehret
Leah Marcelle Ehret

An Ottumwa woman led officers on a high-speed chase Saturday afternoon before she was arrested.

Leah Marcelle Ehret, 32, was arrested and charged with fifth degree theft (less than $200 in value), eluding law enforcement (aggravated), driving while barred and reckless driving.

The incident began just before 5 p.m. when Ehret exited the Fairfield Walmart. According to Fairfield Police Lt. Colin Smith, the store’s loss prevention unit attempted to stop Ehret because she hadn’t paid for some items. Ehret refused to stop, and instead got in her car and headed west on Highway 34.

Walmart reported the theft to dispatch. Fairfield Police officers were able to identify Ehret’s car and chased after her. Ehret drove in excess of 100 miles per hour during the chase.

The chase came to an end when Ehret wrecked her vehicle by the 199 exit to Eldon.