MASON CITY, Iowa - A lengthy vehicle pursuit early Tuesday morning has resulted in many charges against a Mason City man, and court documents detail that the situation could have ended much differently.
The sheriff’s office said it began at 1:45 a.m. when a deputy attempted to stop a Ford F-150 for not having valid registration near 19th St. and S. Monroe Ave.
The driver refused to stop and attempted to elude law enforcement at speeds of more than 50 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
The driver, Joshua Wilmarth, 37, was eventually taken into custody at 2nd St. NE. and N. Pennsylvania Ave. after his vehicle became disabled.
Two guns were found in the vehicle and he's also being charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A 9mm handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun were observed in the vehicle, and a passenger "observed Mr. Wilmarth holding on to the handgun during the pursuit and believed he was going to use it but it was malfunctioning," court documents state.
He had a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation connected to domestic assault, and he’s facing charges of felony eluding, interference with official acts and traffic violations.