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Ottumwa man arrested after 100-mph motorcycle chase

William Lee Brown, 55, of Ottumwa (Jefferson County Jail)

An Ottumwa man has been arrested after a high-speed chase through Jefferson County.

According to a statement from Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille, the incident began just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

That's when officers with the Fairfield Police Department attempted to stop a black Harley Davidson motorcycle for a minor traffic offense. The motorcycle’s driver refused to stop and a high-speed chase ensued.

The chase exceeded speeds of 100 miles per hour in several areas. Fairfield Police Department officers, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies, and Iowa State Patrol troopers all assisted in the chase.

The chase began in Fairfield, but eventually went south of Fairfield on Highway 1 to the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 16 where the motorcycle turned west onto Highway 16.

The driver continued west on Highway 16 until the motorcycle ran out of gas on Old Highway 98 in Eldon.

William Lee Brown, 55, of Ottumwa, was taken into custody.

Brown is charged with Eluding, an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to 2 years in prison and a fine up to $6,250.

Other traffic charges may be pending.

The Fairfield Police Department would like to thank the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol for their assistance in this high speed chase.

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