New York City man pleads guilty, sentenced for pursuit through Worth, Cerro Gordo counties

CLEAR LAKE — A New York City man arrested after a pursuit on Interstate 35 in Worth and Cerro Gordo counties last month has pleaded guilty and been sentenced.

A criminal complaint stated an Iowa State Patrol trooper was dispatched at about 4:30 on the afternoon of January 17th to check on a stranded motorist near the 205 mile marker heading southbound on the interstate.

The trooper observed the suspect driving in reverse in the left lane, telling the motorist to pull over to the side of the road. The trooper says the motorist apologized and started driving southbound and did not pull off the interstate, with the trooper activating his lights and siren, with the motorist continuing. The trooper says the pursuit went for about 10 miles before a semi assisted in blocking the car’s path, forcing the car to stop on a bridge near the 193 mile marker in Clear Lake.

57-year-old Robert Gossett recently pleaded guilty to eluding and was sentenced to 20 days in jail with credit for time served and was ordered to pay a $430 fine.