DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police used a K-9 officer to sniff out a suspect who they say was hiding after a chase Tuesday afternoon.
Police say they spotted 41-year-old Chad Hale speeding at 1:48 p.m. and soon realized his license is barred. They tried to pull him over, but he drove in between the two directions of traffic –- on the yellow line.
After a short loop on the south side, police say Hale drove to his home at 347 Hartford and hid in his garage. A police dog went in after him, bit him, and got him to surrender.
Hale is charged with reckless driving, eluding, and second degree theft.
Police say they found a stolen motorcycle in his garage.
Hale has had his fair share of trouble with the law.
In 2006 he was being transported from Missouri to the Polk County Jail when he jumped out of the back of the transport van. He escaped on the city’s south side.
Prison officials did not see him escape, but other motorists did. He was spotted going door to door still wearing handcuffs and a prison jump suit looking for a set of bolt cutters.
He was in jail for making and selling meth and child endangerment.