Chase exceeds 110 mph through several Iowa towns

crash after chase near Des Moines (WHO Photo)

crash after chase near Des Moines (WHO Photo)

A chase that hit speeds over 110 miles per hour ended when the suspect car hit a police cruiser, killing the suspect driver and injuring a child in his car.

WHO-TV reports the chase started just before 3 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2013 when Clive police tried to stop a silver Volkswagen Passat near I-80 and Hickman Avenue because the vehicle’s license plate was partially obscured by a plastic cover.

Police said the driver appeared to pull into gas pumps at a nearby truck stop, but then took off again westbound on I-80.

The officer reportedly accelerated to 110 miles per hour and still couldn’t keep up with the Passat.

The pursuit continued on Highway 5 through Warren and Marion counties, then west on Highway 92 toward Indianola.

The Passat was westbound when it hit a police cruiser parked on 15th Street at Highway 92.  The impact ripped the engine from the patrol car.  The engine, and the suspect car, came to rest about a block away.  The man driving the Passat was killed.

Police said they found a young child, who had been reported missing, on the floor of the Passat.  The child was taken to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

No other injuries were reported.  The name of the suspect driver was not yet released.

(Thanks to our sister station WHO-TV for information for this report)

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