Man Arrested After Leading Police on High Speed Chase

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Daniel Garretto

DES MOINES, Iowa — Police have arrested the man they say led them on a high speed chase early Tuesday morning.

Police said Daniel Garretto, 27, fled the scene of his girlfriend’s house after he assaulted her with a knife and threatened her with a gun.

“He threatened to shoot her in the face with an assault rifle. She says he has one but he didn’t display it but he did have a knife with him at the time during the argument,” said Sgt. Steve Woody with the Des Moines Police Department.

Garretto’s girlfriend managed to escape with a minor cut on her arm but she says her boyfriend drove off her in sliver Chrysler Sebring.

A Polk County Deputy spotted the suspect in the Sebring on Tuesday near the intersection of east 29th Street and Euclid Avenue and when they tried to pull him over he took off. Officials say the chase hit speeds of 95 miles per hour.

Dash camera video also caught the man weaving in and out of traffic. After turning south onto Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, the suspect crashed into a parked SUV. Shortly after Garretto crashed into a yard, that’s is when he took off on foot.

In the video the man was heard yelling to the police he was ‘crazy’, as he ran through yards and jumped over fences.

“In this case it sounds like we had a K9 somewhat close but he was able to get over some tall fences that the dog wasn’t able to scale,” said Sgt. Woody.

Garetto was taken into custody by the 5th Judicial Fugitive Unit while walking in the 2800 block of Euclid Avenue Wednesday evening. He has been charged with domestic assault causing injury, eluding police and probation violations. In April, Garretto was sentenced to two years’ probation for domestic abuse assault.

He’s been taken to the Polk County jail. He will appear in court Thursday morning.