Two Arrested after High-Speed Chase


Two individuals face multiple charges after a high-speed chase.

Late Wednesday night, a deputy from the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office pulled over a Ford truck for operating without registration. According to authorities, the truck drove away while the citation was being written.

A chase ensued and the criminal complaint says the truck reached speeds 30 MPH over the speed limit. The pursuit spanned several blocks until the driver and passenger allegedly exited the truck and attempted to flee on foot. Law officers caught the pair after a foot chase and arrested them at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Queen Avenue in Ottumwa.

Authorities say the passenger was carrying a backpack which contained marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms (a Schedule I narcotic), 41 Clonidine Hydrochloride tablets (available by prescription only), and digital scales.

42-year-old Brian Rork of Ottumwa (left, in picture) was the driver of the vehicle and he’s been charged with:

  • Interference with official acts (simple misdemeanor)
  • Eluding (serious misdemeanor)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (class D felony)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I (class B felony)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug (serious misdemeanor)

36-year-old Dana Reyes of Ottumwa (right, in picture) was the truck’s passenger and has been charged with the same offenses as Rork with the exception of Eluding.

Both Rork and Reyes are out of jail after posting bond Friday morning.

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