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I-90 high-speed chase ends in Jackson County

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WORTHINGTON — A Sioux Falls, S.D. man who allegedly eluded law enforcement at a maximum speed of nearly 120 miles per hour was apprehended Wednesday as part of a collaborative effort by two local law enforcement agencies.  

Rasheem S. Jones, 39, was taken into custody after midnight Wednesday by a Jackson County deputy after continuing his pursuit by foot in a ditch and allegedly attempting to dispose of marijuana after his vehicle had become compromised.

According to the criminal complaint, the chase was initiated in Worthington when Jones allegedly quickly exited Interstate 90 into city limits and failed to stop at a stop sign before immediately crossing U.S. 59 and proceeding back to the interstate’s on-ramp.

Jones allegedly accelerated instead of stopping for the Worthington police officer who had activated his squad car’s lights. The officer called for Jackson County assistance with stop spikes when the pursuit had hit 90 mph on the posted 70-mph zone. The complaint states that Jones had reached speeds of 117 miles per hour as he crossed into Jackson County.

Jones allegedly avoided the first set of stop spikes awaiting him at mile marker 71, but hit the second set at mile marker 73. He exited Interstate 90 into Jackson, where he stopped his vehicle — which had two flat tires — at the end of the off-ramp. He allegedly exited the vehicle, retrieved something from the trunk and ran southbound on U.S. 71.

The complaint details that the officer allegedly witnessed Jones throwing bags and other items from his pockets and waistband as he ran. Jones slipped in the snow and the Worthington police officer drew his weapon and commanded that he stay down, the complaint continues.

Jones allegedly threw his phone in the ditch and kept moving snow in front of his face in an apparent attempt to hide something, the complaint states.

Once arrested, officers searched the ditch, where they allegedly discovered his cell phone, a large plastic bag of raw marijuana, an empty heat-sealed bag, raw marijuana buds scattered throughout the ditch and a digital scale. Back in Jones’ vehicle, they allegedly discovered a one-pint ice cream container with raw marijuana shake. The total weight of the retrieved marijuana was 46 grams.

Jones faces charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and fifth-degree drug possession, both felonies; misdemeanor failure to stop for a stop sign; and speeding, a petty misdemeanor.

If convicted of the drug possession charge (the most serious offense), Jones faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both. His conditional bail was scheduled at $75,000 or $100,000 without conditions.

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