SIBLEY—A 44-year-old Sheldon man faces several charges following a short chase on the Highway 60 expressway near Sibley Friday afternoon, Sept. 20.
The arrest of James Allen Whittaker stemmed from a deputy attempting to conduct a traffic stop on a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee clocked at 89 mph in the 65-mph zone about 2:25 p.m., but the motorist refused to stop, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy pursued the vehicle and during the pursuit the motorist drove in excess of 100 mph.
The Jeep turned off Highway 60 onto Highway 9 north of Sibley, traveling east for about a mile until turning north on Redwing Avenue.
The vehicle traveled north for a mile until turning east onto 140th Street, then traveling two miles before pulling over at the intersection with Highway 59.
When the deputy asked the driver, Whittaker, why he was running, he initially said he “wanted to find out how good” the deputy was, according to court documents. He later admitted he did not want to get another speeding ticket.
Whittaker was charged with eluding, speeding and reckless driving.
He was transported to the county jail in Sibley, where he was held on a $2,000 cash or surety bond.