OSKALOOSA — A police chase climbed to speeds of more than 100 mph Wednesday before a Chariton woman was arrested.

The Mahaska County Sheriff's Office was looking for a white Pontiac vehicle reportedly traveling eastbound on Highway 92. A deputy from the sheriff's office located a vehicle matching the description in western Mahaska County at about 11:30 a.m.

The deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver fled and speeds climbed to above 100 mph during a pursuit, according to court filings.

Taylor Marie Lafollette, 24, of Chariton, was the driver, police said. She was charged with assault on an officer, a class D felony; and two counts of eluding, each an aggravated misdemeanor.

Lafollette was also received numerous traffic citations, included charges from the sheriff's office of reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while license suspended or revoked, failure to obey stop sign, violating one-way designation, passing on wrong side, and passing contrary to highway marking.

In court filings, Mahaska County Sheriff's Deputy James Arment said that Lafollette fled at speeds of 95 mph in a 45 mph business zone, 91 mph in a 30 mph business zone, and 87 mph in a 25 mph residential zone. The deputy also said Lafollette struck another vehicle during the pursuit and swerved toward his vehicle while he was attempting a pursuit intervention maneuver.

Kyle Ocker is the group editor of the Oskaloosa Herald and the Ottumwa Courier. He can be reached at kocker@oskyherald.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the first vice president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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