Illinois Man Appears In Dodge County Court On Fleeing Charge

(Watertown) Cash bond was set at $5000 Thursday for an Illinois man charged with running from Watertown police. Gecobea Leach is facing a felony count of Fleeing. An officer with the Watertown Police Department was conducting speed enforcement in March on the Highway 26 bypass when he clocked a vehicle going 83-miles-per-hour in a 65-mile-per-hour zone. When the officer pulled the vehicle over, Leach allegedly said he was going to Beaver Dam to pick up his kids. According to the criminal complaint, police suspected drug trafficking and requested a K-9 unit. The dog reportedly alerted that there was the presence of drugs in the vehicle. When asked to exit the car, Leach allegedly fled at speeds in excess of 110-miles-per-hour. After just over a mile, the officer called off the pursuit and contacted neighboring agencies. The complaint does not detail how Leach was eventually apprehended but does list that is current address is the Dodge County jail. If convicted, the 38-year-old faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison. A judge will decide next month if there is enough evidence to order a trial.