Traffic stop sparks chase

Published 9:59 am Friday, April 7, 2017

An Austin man is in Mower County jail after leading police on a chase on Thursday night.

According to a Mower County sheriff’s report, Bailey David Fennell, 37, fled from a sheriff’s deputy after the deputy initiated a traffic stop around 8:04 p.m. when Fennell allegedly ran a stop sign at the corner of First Street Southwest and First Avenue.

A second sheriff’s deputy and three Austin police officers joined the pursuit, which exceeded speeds of 50 mph.

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Fennell’s Chevy Cavalier made contact with a sheriff’s deputy vehicle, causing minor damage to the front bumper.

Fennell stopped the Cavalier in an alley of the 600 block of Eighth Avenue Southwest and attempted to flee on foot. He was arrested after jumping a fence into a backyard of that block.

Fennell is facing possible charges of felony fleeing, reckless driving, possession of a small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle and failing to stop at a stop sign.