Police Pursuit Ends in Arrest

DES MOINES, Iowa- One person is in jail after leading police on a high speed chase across Des Moines early Wednesday morning.

It started when police attempted to stop David Ortiz, 35, at East 14th, but instead of stopping the he took off.

Police pursued the vehicle south and then west through Des Moines.  Ortiz eventually turned north onto Fleur Drive.

Police deployed stop sticks on Fleur and Ortiz hit them but continued.

Another set of stop sticks was used on MLK north of the interstate.  Those were hit as well, but Ortiz kept driving.

The chase then headed east on Euclid where police were eventually able to stop the car at East 33rd and Euclid.

A K9 was sent into the car and Ortiz gave up.

During the chase he called police and told them he had a gun and would shoot if they did not stop the pursuit.

Lieutenant Chris Scott says it is unusual for a suspect to say the things Ortiz said and police plan to look into that further.

Scott said, “It certainly changes the game a bit when someone says that they may be armed and threaten to shoot officers and or himself. So, we don’t know why he was running.  We’re going to do some follow up investigation as to where else maybe he has been tonight to see what his motivation was to get away from police.”

Police did not locate a gun when they apprehended Ortiz.

He is facing eluding charges and harassment charges as well as a parole violation.



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