Washington man arrested after high-speed chase
A Washington man faces several aggravated misdemeanor charges after leading Washington County Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase Saturday night while five juveniles as young as 13 years old were in his vehicle.
Adam James Flake, 20, of Washington, was arrested Saturday night in the 2800 block of Ginkgo Avenue in Brighton for speeding 70 mph in a 55 mph zone, speeding 87 mph in a 50 mph zone, simple trespass, aggravated eluding, driving under suspension x5, all simple misdemeanors, and five counts of child endangerment, all aggravated misdemeanors. A simple misdemeanor is punishable by 30 days in jail and up to a $625 fine. An aggravated misdemeanor is punishable by up to two years in prison and a $6,250 fine.
A preliminary hearing was set for July 3. Flake pleaded not guilty to driving under suspension and trespass. Bail was set at $5,000 cash only this morning. He was also ordered not to drive until a valid license is obtained.
Accord-ing to court records, at about 9:17 p.m. Saturday, deputies attempted to stop a Chevrolet pickup, after radar reported the vehicle going 70 mph in a 55 mph zone in the 2100 block of Ginkgo Avenue in rural Washington County. The vehicle reportedly continued going southbound on Ginkgo through a stop sign and stopped at a residence in the 2800 block of Ginkgo Avenue.
The report said the vehicle had a license plate that was known to be used by Flake. It also said Flake was contacted by his parents on a cellular phone and said that he did not know his location.
Officers spoke with Flake, the report said, and asked him why he attempted to elude law enforcement. He advised that he did not have a valid license. Dispatch reported Flake has an Iowa operator status of ‘suspended: non-payment of Iowa fine’ with five withdrawls in effect.
While attempting to elude officers, Flake had five juveniles in the vehicle with him. Two of the subjects were 15 years old; one was 13 years old; one was 16 years old; and one was 17 years old.