An Ottumwa woman is facing charges of eluding following a high speed pursuit.
According to court records, shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 30 year old Randi Kay Hanrahan was spotted turning east onto Bladensburg Road in a white GMC Yukon. A deputy with the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office followed as she turned south onto 94th Avenue. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop for not having a front license plate. Hanrahan refused to pull over and continued along at high speeds, running the stop sign at the intersection of 80th Ave. and Agency Hedrick Road.
While Hanrahan continued south on Agency Hedrick Road, another deputy placed spike strips on the road, but the vehicle turned westbound on Highway 34 at speeds reaching 100 mph. The incident report notes that at this point in the pursuit, the driver and passenger were seen to be throwing ripped up papers out of the windows. A deputy was able to recover some of the papers and determined that they were ripped up checks. Iowa State Patrol officers then deployed spike strips along the highway which were successful in deflating the tires, causing the vehicle to come to a stop near exit 40 of Highway 34.
The incident report says that Hanrahan fled the vehicle on foot but was apprehended shortly after. She has been charged with Eluding (an Aggravated Misdemeanor) and Interference With Official Acts (a Simple Misdemeanor). A Hearing For Initial Appearance was held on Thursday, January 14.
As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.