What started as a routine traffic stop, quickly escalated into a high-speed chase.
It all started at 12:30 Thursday morning when a police officer noticed a car with expired tags.
The driver refused to stop and led law enforcement on a dangerous twenty minute chase.
Authorities say the chase began at SW 63rd and Park Avenue, when 31-year-old Peter Wiley refused to pull over.
The chase moved onto I-235-East Bound, to the East mix-master and onto I-80 westbound.
Wiley then exited onto East 14th street, and drove into Ankeny, where he lost control at North Ankeny Blvd. and Heritage Avenue.
“He was trying to avoid the stop sticks in a couple of places and then when he was able to he would go around the median and was coming northbound in the southbound lanes on Ankeny Boulevard several times,” says Trooper Jonathan Salesberry with the Iowa State Patrol.
Trooper Salesberry picked up the chase in Des Moines and followed it through to the end.
He says a stop stick finally slowed Wiley down.
“His tires started to deflate and we were getting debris thrown all over he made a left turn at which point two us rammed his vehicle to get him to stop,” says Tropper Salesberry.
Neighbors in the area say they heard the commotion right away.
“We heard the sirens coming, and then some stretching tires and we looked out the window just in time to see the cops pull these guys over and they came out with their guns drawn,” says Dan Holm of Ankeny.
Wiley and his passenger 32-year-old Justin Stowers were arrested and face several charges among them eluding and possession of ammunition.
Neighbors say they’re glad the men are behind bars and thankful it wasn’t worse.
“It was basically right in front of our house, if they would have turned down a different way who knows where they could have ended up,” says Holm.
There were no injuries reported.
Check out the raw video of the chase below.