The Fayette City Police Department reports that it's officers were kept busy early Monday morning (July 12), with two chases, one after another, between Fayette and West Union.

At about 12:40am, authorities were notified of a robbery at The Pumper Gas Station in Fayette. According to the report, a woman came into the store, took merchandise off the shelves, refused to stop for the clerk, got into a vehicle and drove off.

The vehicle was found a short time later along the side of the road on Highway 150. When the officer approached, the vehicle fled the scene, and the first chase began.

The pursuit went into West Union, then back to Fayette, but the fleeing car was disabled by the use of Stop Sticks.


The driver, 38 year old Erica Slack of Tripoli, was arrested on charges of Theft, Eluding, and Interference with Official Acts. No one was hurt, but the police car sustained some minor damage.

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After the first chase at about 1:15am, Fayette Police were investigating the incident scene on Highway 150, when a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed barely missed striking one of the police officers and a Fayette County deputy.

Another Fayette Police officer tried to pull that vehicle over, when the driver took off, traveling at speeds of over 100 mph. Another pursuit began, going through West Union, Fayette, and rural Fayette County.

Photo from Fayette Police Department
Photo from Fayette Police Department

During the chase, the suspect lost control and drove into a ditch at South Pine and Echo Valley Road in West Union. The occupants of that vehicle, 26 year old Diontay Cobbs of Manchester and 24 year old Kayci Hahn of West Union, were taken into custody.

Cobbs is charged with Felony Eluding, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Driving Under Suspension. Cobbs also had 2 outstanding arrest warrants from Black Hawk County, for Burglary in the 1st Degree. Cobbs was later transferred to Black Hawk County.

The passenger, Hahn, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Paraphernalia.

The vehicle they were driving was totaled, but no one was injured.
The Fayette Police Department was assisted by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, and the West Union Police Department.


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