ASHTON—A 34-year-old Hartley man faces multiple charges after leading authorities on a high-speed chase that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph on Monday, Aug. 19.
The arrest of Bruce Allen Flaugh Jr. stemmed from a deputy conducting a traffic stop of a 1989 Pontiac 6000 about 3:15 a.m. on the Highway 60 expressway near Ashton due to the registered owner of the vehicle having a suspended license, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
During the stop the deputy observed an open container of Bud Light in the front cup holder.
The driver, later identified as Flaugh, refused to identify himself and drove away.
The deputy pursued the vehicle, which reached speeds of more than 100 mph in the 65-mph zone of the expressway.
During the pursuit a Sheldon Police Department officer successfully deployed stop sticks on the vehicle.
Flaugh then drove into Sheldon and then took off on foot before he was apprehended by the Osceola County deputy.
Methamphetamine and a meth pipe were observed inside the vehicle.
Flaugh admitted to drinking alcohol during the pursuit and he had the odor of an alcoholic beverage, according to court documents.
He was charged with allegedly eluding, a Class D felony; second-offense operating while under the influence, an aggravated misdemeanor; first-offense possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, both simple misdemeanors; driving while suspended, a simple misdemeanor; interference with official acts; reckless driving; failure to maintain control of his vehicle; two counts of failure to obey a traffic control device; driving while his license is suspended; and failure to have vehicle insurance.
Flaugh was transported to the Osceola County Jail in Sibley and is being held on a $6,300 cash or surety bond.
O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office personnel also assisted in the pursuit.