Illinois Man Pleads Guilty To High Speed Chase With Watertown Police

(Watertown) An Illinois man who led Watertown police on a high speed chase was convicted Wednesday. Gecobea Leach was slated for a jury trial but instead entered a guilty plea to one felony count of Fleeing and Eluding. A Watertown Police officer was conducting speed enforcement in March of last year 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 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, the 39-year-old fled at speeds in excess of 110-miles-per-hour. After just over a mile, the officer called off the pursuit and Leach was apprehended later. A sentencing hearing is expected to be set during telephone scheduling conference next month.