Weekend High-Speed Chase Ends in JoCo

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A high-speed chase in Johnson County ended in multiple charges and traffic violations for a Keota man, Saturday morning.

In a news release, Detective Sergeant Brad Kunkel with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office said someone alerted the Joint Emergency Communications Center to an erratic driver on Blackhawk Ave near Oxford around 7:20 a.m.

"The vehicle eventually drove east onto Interstate 80 and was still driving erratically when a Johnson County Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle near the Tiffin Rest Area," said Kunkel. "The diver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued."

Kunkel said speeds reached 95 to 100 mph. The suspect allegedly drove south on Hwy 218, then west on IWV Road eventually entering rural Iowa County. Kunkel said the driver took the vehicle offroad and into a field, getting stuck.

"The driver fled on foot," said Kunkel, "but was found hiding in a creek and was taken into custody."

Authorities said they identified the driver as 22-year-old Kyle Eakins of Keota, Iowa.

"Eakins was charged with OWI 1st Offense, Eluding, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, as well as multiple traffic violations," said Kunkel. "He is currently in the Johnson County Jail."

Kunkel said the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa County Sheriff’s Office, Williamsburg Police Department, and University Heights Police Department all helped in the pursuit.

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