O’Brien County, Iowa — A Sutherland man who allegedly led law enforcement officers from two counties on a high speed chase after striking an Osceola County Deputy’s patrol vehicle back on December 13th, has pled Not Guilty to the charges.
According to online court records, 24-year-old Bradley Tyler Kots, of Sutherland, entered a written plea in O’Brien County Magistrate Court on Tuesday. Trial on the charges has been set for 9:30 am on Tuesday, April 13th, in O’Brien County District Court.
The charges stem from an incident in which an Osceola County Deputy was investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle at a farm place just north of the Osceola/O’Brien County line on Sunday morning, December 13th. Deputies say the vehicle’s driver, who they say was Kots, attempted to hide from law enforcement, but fled when an O’Brien County Deputy pulled into the farm place. The fleeing vehicle struck the Osceola County Deputy’s patrol vehicle, then proceeded to lead deputies on a pursuit south into O’Brien County, finally stopping on the north side of Germantown. During the pursuit, pursuing officers were advised that the vehicle they were pursuing matched the description of a vehicle that had been stolen from Spencer.
Kots was charged with: Theft in the 2nd Degree, a Class D Felony, since the car he was allegedly driving was reportedly stolen from Spencer; Felony Eluding, a Class D Felony; and Possession of Methamphetamine, a Serious Misdemeanor, as well as a laundry list of traffic charges.
In addition, Kots had been arrested in connection with the December 8th theft of a car from Dollar General in Sheldon. And, on Saturday, October 10th, Kots was picked up in Sheldon on a warrant for vehicle theft out of Cherokee County.