MASON CITY – A Nora Springs man who successfully eluded law enforcement last July on an ATV and then on foot before he was later caught has been sent to jail and fined.
Cole Thomas Wickwire, age 20, is now in jail after accepting a plea deal as the result of leading North Iowa law enforcement on a high-speed chase on July 13, 2014. Wickwire proved to be a crafty man that evening, leaving law enforcement scratching their heads as he ran into a wooded area after abandoning his ATV, which he was driving while cops chased him. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office said that at about 5:50 PM that day, a deputy attempted to stop an ATV that was operating on a roadway at the 19000 block of Yucca Avenue near Nora Springs, driven by Wikwire. He refused to stop, and fled into the Shell Rock River Preserve. Wickwire then abandoned the ATV and continued to flee on foot into a wooded area. Several warrants were issued for his arrest, and he remained at-large until for a short time before he surrendered.
Wickwire was charged with a plethora of crimes, including driving while barred, eluding law enforcement, operating ATV on roadway, failure to obey stop or yield sign (three counts), speeding, and driving while barred. On October 31, he pled guilty to eluding and driving while barred and was sent to jail for 17 days with work release and was ordered to pay $1,430.00 in fines and court costs. The other charges have not yet been resolved.