A fugitive is in custody after a police chase in Fairfield Wednesday morning.
According to the Fairfield Police Department, an officer tried to pull over a red truck on East Burlington in Fairfield just after 8:00 Wednesday morning, believing the driver was an armed fugitive. The driver refused to pull over, igniting the chase. Authorities say the officers pursued the fleeing vehicle with caution, taking care not to chase the truck past a school or in a manner that could threaten public safety.
Eventually, the chase went outside the Fairfield city limits, where the driver, Nolan Peterson, lost control of the vehicle. He then tried to flee on foot, but was caught after a short chase. No injuries were reported during the chase or the arrest.
The 36-year-old Peterson, who lives in New London, has been charged with felony eluding, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, third-offense possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol assisted Fairfield police in Peterson’s capture.
As a reminder, a criminal charge is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.