One arrested after high speed chase near Richland

On August 30, 2018, Richland, IA Police conducting routine patrol duties initiated a traffic stop on a black Mitsubishi Eclipse at the intersection of Oak Ave. and Highway 78 in Richland, IA. After running the plates of the vehicle, they came back as registered to a different vehicle. The driver of the Eclipse accelerated West-bound on Highway 78 towards Ollie, with speeds exceeding 120 MPH. The chase eventually moved to gravel roads, at which point the driver of the Eclipse lost control of the vehicle and it left the roadway. The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot.


Personnel from the Richland Police, Sigourney Police, Iowa State Patrol, and deputies from the Keokuk, Jefferson, and Wapello County Sheriff’s Offices conducted a diligent search for the driver. The driver was located attempting to flag-down a ride near Pekin School, and was identified as Robert James Wilson of Ottumwa, IA. A search of Wilson’s vehicle discovered a loaded firearm. 


Wilson was determined to have multiple outstanding felony warrants for escape from custody. Wilson was arrested on the outstanding warrants, and has also been charged in Keokuk County with felony eluding, driving under suspension, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.


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