SUSPECT AT-LARGE: Car Ditched On Golf Course

Police are on the hunt for a man after a chase Thursday afternoon went through two counties.

Although the car was left behind in a Des Moines golf course, police are still looking for the driver.

The incident started in Warren County a little before 1:30 p.m.

Des Moines police first got involved after receiving a call from Warren County asking for backup for a chase that was heading into the Des Moines city limits.

The suspect, 30-year-old Derek Rupe drove into the Blank Golf Course damaging a fence. He just missed several large trees before abandoning his car and fleeing on foot.

Police began to track Rupe by foot and brought in extra help.

“He got out and fled on foot, officers were not immediately behind him. We did try to set up a perimeter and began tracking him with a K-9 during this process,” Des Moines police Sgt. Jason Halifax said.

They surrounded several apartments near Chaffey and were checking every car in parking lots as well as stopping all cars leaving the area to see if Rupe was inside.

Eventually police got a tip that Rupe had got into another vehicle and left the area.

Two schools in the area, Studebaker Elementary and McComb’s Middle School, were locked down for a short time because of the incident. Both schools have been given the all clear.

There’s no word yet on what Rupee was wanted for in Warren County but in Des Moines he had a warrant out for his arrest for an assault with a vehicle that happened last week.

When found, Rupe will also face additional traffic violations for the chase through Des Moines city limits.

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