POLICE CHASE: Suspect Robs Pharmacy And Runs

One man is behind bars after a high speed chase through the metro

Police say 21- year-old Devan Parsons led them on a high speed chase, hitting speeds of more than 100 miles per hours on ice slicked roads Thursday.

Parsons allegedly tried to rob the Medicap Pharmacy in Altoona, but according to police he had robbed it back in November and employees recognized him when he came in.

Detective Jason Ferguson said, “The clerk being pretty smart with what’s going on hit the panic alarm and called us as quickly as they could.  They denied him his request based off the note and he took off.”

Parsons wasn’t about to be defeated, so he headed to another Medicap in Ankeny where he was able to get his hands on some prescription drugs. That is when police caught up with him and a chase across the metro ensued.

Police thought they had Parsons cornered in the parking lot of the Ankeny Menards at one point, but the driver escaped be ramming two police cars.

The chase finally came to an end on the north side of Des Moines when Parsons blew a red light and was hit by another vehicle. The driver, Cody Findley of Des Moines said he barely even saw Parsons before he hit him.

Parsons ran from the wreckage, but after a short foot chase Des Moines Police caught him.  Officers said with the icy road conditions they were surprised things didn’t turn out much worse.

Parsons faces a long list of charges including eluding, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and three counts of robbery.


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