Fairfield PD: Stolen vehicle pursuit ends with two arrests

PHOTOS: Jefferson County Jail

Fairfield police officers have arrested two suspects in connection with a high-speed chase Monday that also led to a series of car thefts.

Fairfield Police Lt. Colin Smith told KTVO a pickup truck was reported stolen from Mount Pleasant early Monday.

Just before 8 a.m. Monday, Jefferson County deputies spotted a similar pickup truck east of Fairfield. Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver fled west on Highway 34. The pursuit continued near the intersection of Highway 34 and Packwood Road. Deputies lost sight of the suspect's vehicle when the driver drove through a cornfield.

Smith said the driver abandoned the stolen pickup at the intersection of 130th Street and Ginkgo Avenue near Packwood, and then stole a pickup truck from a nearby farm. Smith added that the driver and his passenger took that vehicle to the Dollar Tree in Ottumwa and left it there. The suspects allegedly broke into a minivan from the same dollar store parking lot and drove it to Walmart in Fairfield.

After that, the pattern continued. Authorities say the suspects left the minivan in the Walmart parking lot, and stole another pickup from the same lot.

Another police chase ensued in Fairfield around 1:30 p.m. Monday. The suspect went east in the pickup, reaching speeds of up to 115 miles per hour. Authorities deployed spike strips, but they were unsuccessful in stopping the truck. Smith said the suspect eventually lost control of the wheel and crashed the truck on Highway 218 north of Mount Pleasant.

As a result, officers arrested the driver, Dillon Jacob Rasch, 27, of Davenport, and his passenger, Alissa Nicole Patterson, 20, of Biggsville, Illinois.

Rasch is charged with Driving While Suspended, Excessive Speed, Conspiracy, Eluding, First-Degree Theft and Second-Degree Theft. He is in custody at the Jefferson County Jail on $25,000 bond. Patterson is charged with First-Degree Theft, Second-Degree Theft and Conspiracy. She also remains in custody at the Jefferson County Jail. Her bond is set at $20,000.

Smith said all four stolen vehicles have been recovered.

The Iowa State Patrol, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Ottumwa Police Department and Winfield Police Department assisted with Monday's incidents.

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