A 27-thousand dollar bond has been set for a Newton man accused of leading authorities on a 50-mile plus car chase through three counties Monday. 37 year old Thomas Edward Eilander is in the Marion County Jail. He’s charged with Operating a Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent, Eluding while Participating in a Felony, Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug, and numerous traffic offenses. Jasper County Deputies initially tried to stop Eilander but ended their pursuit north of Monroe. Then around 3:45 that afternoon Marion County deputies spotted the Newton man driving south on Highway 14 south of Monroe. Eilander allegedly drove more than 25 mph above the speed limit as he tried to avoid arrest, heading south through Knoxville and into Lucas County. At Chariton, police say Eilander turned west onto U.S. Highway 34 and eventually stopped at the intersection of U.S. Highways 34 and 65 in Lucas. Inside the car, which was reportedly stolen, officers claim to have recovered several smoking devices with marijuana and methamphetamine residue. Also reported as seized was a clear plastic bag with meth residue and a prescription bottle with pills. Eilander is scheduled to be in Marion County District court for a preliminary hearing next Thursday September 24th.