WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Police say a motorcyclist who died while trying to flee police in West Des Moines had been barred from driving.
Officials say a West Des Moines officer saw the motorcycle at 4th and Ashworth and thought it was stolen. While the officer tried to get a glimpse of the license plate the driver, Trent Bennett, took off — even driving off without his headlights on.
As he got to Railroad Avenue an SUV turned in front of him and the two hit nearly head-on, killing Bennett.
Officers says after running the license plate of the motorcycle they discovered it was not stolen.
“This person took off for a reason, and if you looked at this person’s driving record, you would see that he was not supposed to be driving, he was barred. And that’s one of the reasons we’re looking into as to why this person chose not to stop for law enforcement,” says Sgt. Scott Bright with the Iowa State Patrol.
The driver and passenger in the SUV weren’t hurt but the driver, 30-year-old Thomas Holland, was arrested for OWI.