Low-speed chase suspect to serve probation

Published 2:50 pm Saturday, July 3, 2010

An Austin man who led police on a low-speed chase in April while on an all-terrain vehicle was sentenced Friday in Mower County Court.

James Terrance Cooley, 41, will serve two years probation for the offense. He also received a stayed one-year prison term and will pay $85 in fines.

Cooley had previously pleaded guilty to interfering with a 911 call, a gross misdemeanor, as well as driving under the influence and obstructing the legal process, both misdemeanors.

The incident in question occurred April 5. According to a criminal complaint, police were called at around 6 p.m. by a person reporting domestic abuse, but Cooley allegedly disconnected the phone before the person finished.

Realizing the call had gone through to dispatch, Cooley fled the home in the 2000 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast before police arrived. However, later that evening, police were notified that Cooley had returned to the area and was chasing a van with his ATV. He allegedly smashed into the van, then took off on Oakland Avenue when he saw squad cars coming.

Cooley proceeded to head north on Highway 218 in the southbound lane, with officers in pursuit at speeds of 30 to 40 mph. From there, he turned west on Sixth Avenue Northeast and drove through a residential area, cutting through several yards in the process.

Cooley eventually stopped in the 700 block of 19th Street Northeast, exiting the ATV and yelling at officers. One officer had to subdue him with a Taser and handcuffed him, a police report states. Cooley was then transported to jail.

While on the way to jail, he told officers that he had smoked marijuana and used Adderall earlier that evening.

He also said he was playing “chicken” with the officers on Highway 218, as he almost hit a squad car.