MASON CITY – Mason City police gave chase after a wanted man with a long rap sheet fled a traffic stop Wednesday night.
A traffic complaint about a reckless driver was called into police at about 10:30 PM Wednesday, June 22. Police came to the area and were able to stop a vehicle near 813 North Federal Avenue. During the traffic stop, a passenger in the car, 24-year-old James Albert Ellingson, ran from the scene. Police chased Ellingson and he was caught after a brief pursuit.
Police discovered that Ellingson was wanted out of Waterloo on a warrant. He was arrested on the warrant and a charge of interference with official acts.
Records appear to show that Ellingson is supposed to be an inmate in a residential correctional facility. He was brought to the Cerro GOrdo county jail and held for a return trip to Waterloo.
Last September, Mason City police arrested Ellingson on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (meth), Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and Fraudulent Practices 4th Degree (this charge stems from the firearm’s serial # being altered). In January of this year, he pleaded guilty to the meth possession charge and was given a suspended 10-year prison sentence, a suspended fine and probation. All the other charges were suspended.
However, in April, Ellingson soon violated his probation and was sent to a Waterloo residential facility in May. He’s supposed to stay there for 6 months.