Clear Lake woman pleads not guilty to several charges after vehicle pursuit
MASON CITY —A Clear Lake woman accused of multiple charges after a vehicle pursuit in Mason City back in late May has pleaded not guilty.
The Mason City Police Department says they were dispatched to Southbridge Mall shortly after 4:15 on the afternoon of May 29th on a report of a disorderly female. On arrival, dispatchers advised the officers that the female was operating a red truck and possibly was ramming it into the loading dock on the mall’s south side. The officers observed the truck leaving the scene and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, with a short vehicle pursuit ending when the suspect ran into backed up traffic at the intersection of State Highway 122 and South Pennsylvania. The woman abandoned the truck and fled on food, being arrested by officers about a block away.
48-year-old Elizabeth Bitker was charged with carrying weapons, operating while impaired, eluding, interference with official acts, and assault on a peace officer causing injury.
Bitker filed a written plea of not guilty last week in Cerro Gordo County District Court. He trial is scheduled to start on August 6th.