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High Speed Chase Involves Law Enforcement from Multiple Counties

What appeared to be a routine traffic stop by a Pleasantville police officer resulted in a high speed chase that ended in Wayne County last night. The incident began at around 7PM and lasted over an hour. Sheriff Jason Sandholdt tells KNIA/KRLS News 50-year-old Melvin Leroy Collis Sr., of Centerville, led authorities in a chase that reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. That includes speeds at the Melcher-Dallas square of 60 miles per hour. Collis has been charged with eluding, driving while suspended, and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, among other charges. Pleasantville Police, Melcher-Dallas Police, the Marion County Sheriff’s office, the Iowa State Patrol, the Lucas, Wayne, and Appanoose County Sheriff’s Offices, and other local agencies assisted. Sheriff Sandholdt thanks these agencies and the public as well for their help in the incident. No one was injured.