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Man accused of fleeing a traffic stop at 100 mph.

Posted: Apr 23, 2019 5:36 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa – A Clear Lake man arrested after what law enforcement described as a 100 mile per hour chase through a blizzard is changing his plea.

Jared Scott Schneckloth, 31, was arrested on February 7. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office says was seen driving a stolen vehicle near the intersection of I-35 and Highway 18. Authorities say Scheckloth sped away from a traffic stop and drove through Clear Lake at speeds of up to 100 mph, eventually crashing into a ditch near McIntosh Road.

He initially pleaded not guilty to 1st degree theft but changed that Monday to a plea of guilty to operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. His sentencing is set for May 8.

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