An Ottumwa woman was taken into custody following a chase with police that reached speeds in excess of 100MPH. Last Wednesday, a Wapello County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle driven by 30 year old Randi Hanrahan of Ottumwa for not having a front licence plate. The vehicle sped off, with passengers throwing what was believed to be ripped up checks out the window. Another Deputy used spike strips to attempt to end the pursuit, the vehicle hit the strip but it continued onto Highway 34 at speeds of 100 mph. After another set of strips was successful as the vehicle eventually stopped on Highway 34 at exit 40. Police said Hanrahan left the vehicle and fled on foot, but was apprehended a short time later.
Hanrahan was charged after the pursuit ended with eluding, excessive speed and several other traffic charges. A passenger 42 year old Jeremy Baird of Webster, was charged with two counts of forgery. The forgery charges against Baird come after police said he attempted to pass a check for nearly $500 that was not legitimate.