Two Arrested After Car Chase

By Ellis Codjoe, December 01, 2019

Two men have been arrested after a chase on Saturday afternoon resulted in an accident at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.

Wapello County Sheriff Don Phillips told Ottumwa Radio News that a citizen called the law center to report two people passed out in a green Dodge Intrepid at the intersection of 2nd Street and Forrest Ave.

The vehicle in question was located near McPherson Park but the driver refused to stop and authorities pursued. The chase ended on the Indian Hills College campus when the Dodge collided with a vehicle from the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office.

Two men were in the Dodge and they were taken to the hospital after the accident. Phillips says the two suspects were checked out as a precautionary measure.

Both men were placed under arrest. Each were found with contraband on their person when they were searched at the Wapello County Jail.

49-year-old David Richards of Blakesburg (left in picture) was the passenger in the vehicle and he has been charged with:

  • Possessing contraband inside a correctional facility (Class D felony)
  • Possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), two or more previous convictions (Class D felony)
  • Possession of controlled substance (marijuana), two or more previous convictions (Aggravated misdemeanor)
  • Carrying weapons (Aggravated misdemeanor)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia (Simple misdemeanor)

33-year-old Derek Davis of Coralville (right in picture) was the driver and he was charged with the following:

  • Eluding law enforcement (Class D felony)
  • Possession of contraband inside a correctional facility (Class D felony)
  • An outstanding arrest warrant for Escape or absence from custody (Class D felony)
  • Possession of a controlled substance (heroin), second offense (Aggravated misdemeanor)
  • Unlawful possession of prescription drug (Serious misdemeanor)
  • OWI 1st offense (Serious misdemeanor)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia (Simple misdemeanor)
  • Driving with suspended license (Simple misdemeanor)

Both suspects are currently in the Wapello County Jail. Richards is being held in lieu of a $14,000 bond. Davis’ bond is $19,000.

Facebook Comments

Weather

Ottumwa, IA weather