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URBANDALE, Iowa -- A Carroll man is accused of leading Polk County deputies on a high-speed chase, but officials say it’s unlikely he’ll face charges because it appears he was suffering from a medical condition.

The incident began just before 6 p.m. when a driver called 911 to report a Grand Prix had run a red light southbound on Highway 141.

“He was speeding, going from shoulder to shoulder in those southbound lanes,” says Lt. Jana Abens with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office,

The deputies caught up with the vehicle and attempted to pull it over, but the driver, Steven Schulte, took off at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.

The 24-year-old ran two more red lights as he drove into Urbandale. At one point, Schulte drove down the wrong side of the road.

“People traveling in those northbound lanes had to swerve out of the way. Several people did and narrowly missed each other,” says Abens.

That’s when deputies tried to stop the car with a PIT maneuver, but it didn’t work. By then a state trooper had joined the chase. Eventually, they got the car blocked in and stopped in the 3300 block of Northwest 100th Street. They approached the car and ordered Schulte out of the car.

“The driver didn’t comply, but sort of had a far away gaze, just wasn’t coherent,” says Abens.

The deputies broke a window and got Schulte out of the car. While Reserve Deputy Troy Cline was attempting to put his weapon back in its holster, it fired one shot into the passenger’s door of Schulte’s car.

No one was hit and Schulte was taken into custody.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is reviewing the chase and the actions of the deputies.


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