New Sharon Man Arrested On Charges Stemming From High Speed Chase

David Williams (Mahaska County Jail Photo)

David Williams (Mahaska County Jail Photo)

A Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

Monday, October 15, 2018

On Sunday, October 14th, 2018, at approximately 10:40 p.m. the Oskaloosa Police Department and the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a reckless/careless driver, involving a red Chevrolet van. It was reported that this van was driving erratically throughout Oskaloosa, running traffic lights/signs and nearly striking other vehicles.

The Oskaloosa Police Department located this vehicle near the intersection of A Avenue East and North 11th Street. When Officers attempted to stop this vehicle, it fled southbound on 11th Street. This Police pursuit traveled southbound to is” Avenue East where the vehicle turned westbound. The vehicle traveled westbound to South Market Street, where it turned northbound.

As the vehicle was fleeing northbound on South Market Street, a Deputy with the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office executed the P.I.T. (Police Intervention Technique) maneuver on the suspect vehicle, in an attempt to disable the van. The vehicle was able to continue northbound at slower speeds, exiting the city limits. Near the intersection of Highway 63 and 220th Street, the vehicle pulled to the side of the road and the driver surrenders to police.

The Driver, 37-year-old Jeremy David Williams (of 306 West Cherry Street, New Sharon, Iowa) was taken into custody. Williams was initially charged with multiple traffic offenses, such as: eluding, driving under suspension, operating while intoxicated, failure to obey traffic control devices, failure to obey stop signs and speed violations. During the investigation of this matter, it was discovered that the 1995 Chevrolet van that Williams was driving had been stolen from Barnes City, Iowa earlier this date. As a result of this investigation, Williams was also charged with Theft in the 2nd Degree (class D felony).

Williams made his initial appearance in the Mahaska County Magistrate’s Court earlier this date. His bond was set in the amount of $13,000 cash or surety.

** *As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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