ARLINGTON – Authorities arrested an Oelwein man on Monday who was wanted for a high-speed chase and passing a dead woman’s checks.
Ryan William Eickhoff, 31, allegedly passed stolen checks on the account of a Tripoli woman who has been dead for more than five years, spending money at Six Corners Gas and Grub in Arlington and M&M Convenience Store in Waucoma between Oct. 10 and 13.
A Fayette County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Eickhoff driving a 2010 Chevrolet Impala on V-68 on Oct. 29. When the deputy tried to stop him for the warrant, the Impala took off, hitting speeds of more than 100 mph. The pursuit was called off for safety reasons.
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Then on Monday morning, authorities received a tip that Eickhoff was spotted at an Arlington gas station, and he left before officers arrived. Deputies and state troopers picked up his trail in an open field near E Avenue about two miles southwest of town. He was fled into a wooded area and was captured without further incident.
Eickhoff was arrested for felony eluding and forgery.