OVERNIGHT CHASE: Two Arrested In Ankeny
Two people are in the Polk County Jail after leading police on a high speed chase early Thursday morning.
The chase began around 12:30 a.m. near Park and 63rd and ended near Ankeny High School.
Des Moines police say an officer tried to pull the car over on a traffic violation when the driver, 31-year-old Peter Wiley, took off.
The State Patrol says Wiley went north on 63rd and onto eastbound I-235. The car exited the interstate several times, but got back on. The chase went through the east Mixmaster onto I-80 westbound and then to East 14th and up Ankeny Blvd.
The chase finally ended at Northwest Heritage Avenue in Ankeny.
The state patrol says during the chase, Wiley reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour on the interstate and up to 95 miles per hour in Ankeny.
They were able to end the chase after the car hit a stop stick and began to slow down. A Des Moines officer tried to use a pit maneuver to stop the car, but when Wiley continued to drive, a Des Moines police officer and a state trooper rammed the car.
Trooper Jonathan Salesberry said at times the driver was going head-on into oncoming traffic, “He was trying to avoid the stop sticks in a couple places, and when he was able to he would go around the median. And he was actually coming northbound in the southbound lanes of Ankeny Blvd. several times.“
His passenger, 32-year-old Justin Stowers, is charged with interference and eluding.
Trooper Salesberry used his patrol car to ram the suspect’s vehicle. He says his car has damage to the front end and the side.
The Des Moines police vehicle was towed from the scene with minor damage. No one was hurt in the chase.