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January 6, 2014

Ottumwa man arrested after high speed chase

FAIRFIELD — An Ottumwa man has been arrested after a routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase in Fairfield.

At approximately 7:15 a.m. Friday, members of the Fairfield Police Departments attempted a regular traffic stop in Fairfield for a vehicle with expired license plates. However, the driver, later identified as Dale Joe Clark of Ottumwa, refused to stop and led officers on a high-speed chase.

The pursuit lasted nearly 40 minutes and was only stopped when the vehicle Clark was driving left the roadway and entered a field, disabling the car. After his vehicle came to rest in the field, located on the Leando side of Douds, Clark exited the vehicle and led police officials on a short foot chase that ended with him being taken into custody. Luckily, no one was injured in the high-speed chase or foot pursuit.

Clark, who resides at 146 Palmetto Ave. in Ottumwa, was charged with driving while barred, expired plates, improper use of registration, eluding, reckless driving, no proof of insurance, speeding, several stop sign violations and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In the press release issued by the Fairfield Police Department, they offered thanks to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Department of Transportation Vehicle Enforcement and the Iowa State Patrol for their assistance during the chase.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

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