IN CUSTODY: Suspect Arrested After Standoff
A standoff that shut down I-35 south of the Des Moines metro ended peacefully Tuesday afternoon.
Sgt. Scott Bright with the Iowa State Patrol says the incident began around 1:10 p.m. on I-80 near Second Ave. when a State Trooper tried to make a traffic stop for excessive speed. The driver refused to stop and led authorities on a chase topping 100 miles per hour.
The chase ended on I-35 southbound about a mile south of Bevington after officials used stopsticks to disable the vehicle. Officials say the male suspect pulled over to the side of the road, briefly got out of the vehicle and displayed a handgun then got back inside.
Negotiators with the Iowa State Patrol were able to convince the man to surrender around 2:55 p.m.
Sgt. Bright says they aren’t sure why the man decided to flee from law enforcement and they aren’t releasing his name at this time.
I-35 was shut down for about an hour because of the incident. Traffic is now free to move through the area.
The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and West Des Moines Police.