FAIRFIELD — Authorities have released more details regarding Monday’s high-speed chases that ended outside Mt. Pleasant.
Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille issued a press release Wednesday, Dec. 5, indicating the driver and passenger of the vehicle have been charged with several more offenses since their arrest. The driver, Dillon Jacob Rasch, 27, of Burlington (originally listed as being from Davenport) has been charged with eluding a law enforcement vehicle, driving while suspended, excessive speed, theft in the first degree, second-degree theft, and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony.
The passenger, Alissa Nicole Patterson, 20, of Biggsville, Illinois, has been charged with first-and second-degree theft, and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony.
The first chase occurred Monday morning when a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle that had been reported stolen by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office that same day. The vehicle in question was a silver, 2005 GMC Canyon. The deputy saw the vehicle as it traveled westbound near Pine Avenue, turning south on Osage Avenue and then west on Glasgow Road toward Fairfield.
A short time later, Fairfield Police Officer Ryan Mills spotted the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Burlington Avenue in Fairfield. Mills followed the vehicle until it left the roadway and entered a cornfield off Highway 34 near Packwood Road.
Later that afternoon at about 12:24 p.m., a gold, extended cab 2001 Toyota Tundra was reported stolen from the Walmart parking lot in Fairfield. At 1:25 p.m., a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a truck matching that description going east near Velvetleaf Avenue and Highway 34. The deputy chased the vehicle east on Highway 34 into Henry County, reaching speeds of 110 miles per hour.
Attempts to disable the vehicle with stop sticks were unsuccessful. The vehicle turned north on Highway 218, but was forced off the roadway and into a ditch by law enforcement. At that point, the driver was identified as Rasch and the passenger as Patterson.
Assisting with the pursuit were the Iowa State Patrol, Fairfield Police Department, Winfield Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Mt. Pleasant Police Department.
Lt. Colin Smith of the Fairfield Police Department reported that four stolen cars have been recovered in this case, and that authorities believe the morning chase is related to the chase that ended in the afternoon.
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