Illinois Man Sentenced To Prison For Drug-Fueled Police Chase

(Watertown) An Illinois man who led Watertown police on a high speed chase was sentenced Thursday. Gecobea Leach pled to one felony count of Fleeing and Eluding and Possession of Cocaine.

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 found cocaine 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.

Assistant District Attorney Yolanda Tienstra recommended four years of prison with seven years of extended supervision. In addition to three years in prison, Leach was also sentenced to three years of extended supervision.