Police chase across two southeast Iowa counties ends in arrest

A police chase across two southeast Iowa counties Saturday ended with an arrest.

Around 6:55 a.m., officers of the Fairfield Police Department were involved in a vehicle pursuit after attempting to conduct a traffic stop.

The driver of the vehicle, James Pleas Surber Jr., 23, was believed to be under a felony escape warrant from a â??halfway houseâ?? probation facility in Iowa. Surber had walked away from this facility a few months prior and several law enforcement agencies were working to locate him.

Surber refused to stop for the officer, leading to a two county vehicle pursuit through Fairfield, Jefferson County, Wapello County, and into Ottumwa.

The pursuit became too dangerous in Ottumwa and pursuing officers, deputies, and troopers backed off from the vehicle.

Contact was lost with the vehicle and several law enforcement agencies began to check the area of Ottumwa and Wapello County. Fairfield Police Officers were able to make phone contact with the Surber by cell phone.

After a half-hour negotiation Surber stopped his vehicle and surrendered to law enforcement in Agency, Iowa.

Surber was placed under arrest in Agency and transported back to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.

He has been charged with the original State warrant for Escape, Eluding Law Enforcement by Vehicle (Aggravated) and Driving While Barred. There may be additional charges but it is unknown at this time.

There were numerous agencies that assisted in the investigation and apprehension including the Fairfield Police Department, the Fairfield Police Dispatch Center, the Jefferson County Sheriffâ??s Office, the Jefferson County Attorneyâ??s Office, the Iowa Department of Correctionsâ?? Probation/Parole Office, the Iowa State Patrol, the Wapello County Sheriffâ??s Office, the Davis County Sheriffâ??s Office, the Fairfield Police Dispatch Center, and the Ottumwa Police Department.