Keota man arrested Saturday after high speed chase

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


JOHNSON COUNTY ? A Keota man faces charges after leading officers on a high speed chase through rural Johnson County.

Kyle Eakins, 22, of Keota is in the Johnson County Jail facing charges of OWI first offense, eluding, unlawful possession of a prescription drug and multiple traffic violations.

According to a press release from the Johnson County Sheriff?s office, at about 7:20 a.m. Saturday the Joint Emergency Communications Center received reports of an erratic driver on Blackhawk Avenue near Oxford in rural Johnson County. The veicle eventually drove east onto Interstate 80 and was driving erratically when a Johnson County Sheriff?s deputy attempted to stop the vehicle near the Tiffin Rest Area. The driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. According to the release, pursuit speeds reached 95 to 100 mph.

The suspect drove south on Highway 218 west on IWV Road into rural Iowa County, and ended after the suspect drove into a field where the vehicle got stuck. The driver fled on foot and was found hiding in the creek and taken into custody.

According to the Washington County Sheriff?s office, Eakins was arrested in March 2016 after leading sheriff?s deputies on a high speed chase. A deputy reported Tuesday night being in pursuit of a red pickup westbound on 240th Street.

Deputies from the Keokuk County Sheriff?s office and Iowa State Patrol joined the chase.