Minnesota Man Faces Felony Eluding, Controlled Substance Charges After Sheldon Area Pursuit

Sheldon, Iowa — A Minnesota man has been arrested on felony eluding charges after a police chase near Sheldon.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the O’Brien County Clerk of Court’s Office by the Sheldon Police Department, 27-year-old Jairo Gavarette Ardon of Arlington, Minnesota is accused of not stopping for law enforcement officers. He was arrested on Sunday.

In his statement, the officer says Gavarette Ardon was southbound on Highway 60, after having been called in by several witnesses as an erratic driver. When the officer found the vehicle, he says it was speeding and swerving onto the shoulder and into the other lane. Law enforcement activated their lights and sirens and the vehicle fled at over 100 miles per hour in the 65 mph zone. The patrol vehicle was a fully marked Chevy Tahoe with emergency lights and siren activated.

Gavarette Ardon was charged with eluding at over 25 miles per hour over the speed limit, a class D felony. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison. He also faces misdemeanor charges of operating while under the influence, and possession or carrying of dangerous weapons while under the influence.

Gavarette Ardon faces a preliminary hearing on the charges on June 20th.

At last report, he remained in the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar.


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