Officials Pit Car to End 120 Mile Per Hour Chase

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- A high-speed chase that reached speeds of 120 miles per hour ended around noon in West Des Moines Friday.

The chase started in Ames around 11:30 a.m. when officers tried to pull over 31-year-old Ace Leonard, of Council Bluffs, because he was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of driving while barred. Leonard took off and headed south on I-35, and that’s when the Iowa State Patrol joined the chase.

1_mug_leonard_adeLeonard led troopers down I-35 and then westbound on I-235. West Des Moines Police deployed stop sticks on I-235 and the chase finally ended when a pit maneuver was used just west of the Jordan Creek Parkway exit on I-80.

Leonard was loaded into an ambulance at the scene. His condition is unknown.


  • Mark

    A high speed chase to 120mph for a charge of driving while barred and then performing a pit maneuver? This seems a little excessive to me and definitely jeopardized the lives of the driver, the officers and probably many innocent people along the way of the chase.

    • Mike Cee

      The officer initially tried to pull him over because he was driving erratically and hitting speeds of 130 MPH. I’m not sure how you’d consider that any safe, but I’m thankful that they got this bucket of spit off the road no matter what it took to do it.

      • JC Cooper

        If that’s true why does this story not mention his initial speed and erratic driving as the reason for the stop? One would surmise he was driving at those speeds after the officers initiated the pursuit. This story says they attempted to pull him over for an outstanding warrant. I’m thankful that this pursuit for a minor offense did not end in a deadly collision taking the lives of officers or innocent parties on the road. I think this was a foolish judgement call on the part of the supervisors to not break it off given the speeds and the relative minor offense. It put everyone on the road at risk. I’m sure you would be singing a far different tune if either the officer or suspect had collided with a car being driven by a family member of yours.

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