A Des Moines man led police on a high-speed chase through the metro late last night. Just before 11PM Sunday, a Waukee police officer spotted a mini-van weaving in and out of traffic. hen he pulled up behind the van, the driver ran a red light and the chase was on.
33-year-old Charles Brown doesn`t have a valid license. He led officers through Waukee, Clive, Urbandale, Des Moines and Johnston. The police video shows him driving in the wrong lane and braking as if he`s looking for a place to turn. en he does, it isn`t a road.
"The vehicle then got the bike trail and drove on the bike trial on Hickman until Dartmoor which is about five or six blocks and then got on Hickman,” says Waukee Police Lt. Troy Mapes.
The chase continues eastbound on Hickman up to Merle Hay Road where speeds reached up to 90 miles an hour. The Waukee officer kept right on his tail while officers from other departments helped stop traffic.
“Our main concern any type of pursuit is the public safety. We want to make sure that not only do we apprehend the suspect safely, but also we don`t want him to cause an accident or hurt an innocent bystander,” says Mapes.
Finally, Brown runs over stop sticks Johnston police put out at the 4800 block of Merle Hay. He tried to avoid them and ended up on the Frontage Road. When his tires deflate, his van rolls before finally coming to a rest.
“We`re really fortunate that nobody got hurt and everything turned out OK,” says Mapes.
Brown was booked into the Dallas County Jail. He is charged with eluding, driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown made an initial court appearance this morning and was released on his own recognizance.