Fairfield Police: Man bites chunk from back seat of squad car

37-year-old Steven Mark Pilkington Jr., of Ollie, Iowa/Jefferson County Jail

A southeast Iowa man’s failed attempt to escape arrest last Tuesday apparently left him quite famished.

So hungry, in fact, that even the back seat of a squad car looked appetizing.

Fairfield police officers performed a routine traffic stop near the downtown area around 1:30 a.m. April 17, 2018.

Fairfield Police Lt. Colin Smith told KTVO the driver, Steven Mark Pilkington Jr., 37, of Ollie, Iowa, did not stop.

Instead, he led officers on a short chase that lasted about six blocks. The pursuit ended at Everybody’s Whole Foods on North Second Street.

Police said the arresting officers searched the vehicle and found marijuana. Pilkington was arrested and charged with Eluding, Interference with Official Acts and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Smith said Pilkington added Criminal Mischief to his list of charges that night, when he bit a chunk from the back seat of the squad car on his way to jail.

Smith added that Pilkington has had a history of run-ins with the Fairfield Police Department. Pilkington was released from custody two days later after promising to appear in court.

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