Police arrest two after chase in town
Two men were arrested early Wednesday morning after leading police on a chase in Fairfield.
Jeramia Gillespie, 29, of Eldon, was charged with eluding a police officer, operating while intoxicated – first offense, excessive speed, interference with official acts, failure to have a valid driver’s license and failure to obey a stop or yield sign.
Shawn Seamans, 22, of Ottumwa, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts.
Lt. Colin Smith of the Fairfield Police Department said the chase occurred at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, prompted by a police officer attempting to make a traffic stop on the vehicle Gillespie was driving.
Gillespie refused to pull over and continued traveling west on Burlington Street. Smith said the vehicle traveled west to where Burlington ends and then got on the Highway 34 bypass, where they turned around to travel east. Gillespie stopped the vehicle just south of the 210 exit and the two men got out of the vehicle and fled on foot through agricultural land.
Smith is in charge of the K-9 unit, which was summoned to search for the men. However, Smith said Gillespie and Seamans gave up running and allowed themselves to be arrested before the unit’s dog, Banjoir, caught them.
Smith said the wind chill at the time was about 30 degrees below zero.
Banjoir alerted officers to methamphetamine paraphernalia and meth residue in the vehicle, Smith said. Smith said Banjoir is trained to scratch at objects that contain an odor he is trained to detect.
The police send Banjoir to search for people about two or three times per year, Smith said.
Four officers from the Fairfield Police Department responded to the scene.
Two deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded.