Flora charged with eluding police; meth possession
Scot Andrew Flora, 42, of North Liberty was charged with eluding the police after an incident that occurred in Washington Monday morning. Flora is also charged with second-degree theft and possession of methamphetamine.
Washington Police Chief Greg Goodman submitted a sworn affidavit Tuesday morning in which he recounted the events that transpired the previous day. Police Officer Jamie Townsend also submitted an affidavit in which he described Monday’s incident.
Townsend wrote that the safety center received a 911 call at about 11:30 a.m concerning a male subject (Flora) in the Goodwill parking lot who was acting erratically and displaying threatening behavior. Officers were called to investigate the scene. Upon their arrival, Flora got into a 2000 Mazda Millenia. When officers ran the license plate number through their computer, it showed the vehicle was stolen out of Altoona. The vehicle left the parking lot “at a very high rate of speed” heading north on Fourth Avenue.
Goodman wrote that Flora led officers on a high-speed chase in excess of 60 miles per hour, “well over the 25 mph posted speed limit.”
Goodman also included information about an interview Flora gave after the incident. In the interview, Flora said that he did not steal the vehicle, although he knew it was stolen. He also said that he knew officers were chasing him, and that he thought about stopping but did not. He said he could see both police cars behind him and that he did not want to go to jail.
During the chase, Goodman was driving his unmarked patrol vehicle while Townsend was in a fully marked Washington Police car.
Flora continued driving north on Fourth Avenue until he came to the intersection with 11th Street. There, Flora turned west and drove on the lawn of Chris and Carol Wilson, who live on the northwest corner of that intersection. In the process, Flora’s vehicle struck a fire hydrant and dislodged it from its foundation. Flora continued driving north through the Wilsons’ lawn and onto the lawn of Carol Giardino. At that point, Flora turned west, onto Christal Quigley’s lawn. Flora narrowly missed hitting the trampoline in Quigley’s yard before crashing into a picket fence.
Goodman wrote that there was significant damage to the Mazda Millenia because of the crash. Flora was charged with “possession of a motor vehicle that he knew was stolen and crashed said vehicle depriving the owner thereof.”
For the full story, see the Feb. 22 edition of The Washington Evening Journal