Police pursuit through farm fields and into Muscatine caught on camera

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MUSCATINE, Iowa -- A police chase that started in rural Muscatine County and continued into the city resulted in minor injuries to an officer and the arrest of the vehicle's driver.

The chase was captured on video and shared on social media by several individuals, including one farmer who shot the video from inside the cab of a tractor.

The video below was shot by Reid Harris who was driving a piece of farm equipment along a gravel lane when he saw police pursuing a pickup truck through a harvested field.

According to the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office, it all started when deputies attempted to stop a red 2001 Ford Truck at the intersection of Mulberry Rd. and 155th St, just north of Muscatine, around 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 17.

Rusty Wayne Wadden

Officials say the truck was speeding and the driver, Rusty Wayne Wadden, 29, had warrants out for his arrest. The chase, which included speeds in excess of 100 mph, began when Wadden refused to stop. The pursuit made it's way into Muscatine, where Wadden hit a sheriff's squad car in the 2600 block of Park Avenue, also damaging stop lights at the intersection.

The chase then continued through Muscatine, at speeds of up to 80 mph, before finally coming to an end in the 200 block of Roscoe Avenue when Wadden hit another sheriff's car and a retaining wall, police say.

The ending of the chase happened right outside Dawne Miller's door.

"You could have killed someone. There are children that walk this street going to school everyday. You could have killed somebody. You are lucky this is all that happened," says Miller.

Wadden and the deputy sheriff from the collision on Roscoe were taken via ambulance to Unity Point Trinity hospital. The deputy sheriff suffered minor injuries and was released from the hospital but has not yet been cleared to go back to work.

A deputy sheriff from the first accident on Park Avenue was treated for minor injuries and released, able to remain on duty.

Wadden has not yet been released from the hospital.

A second video of the chase was filmed in town by Russ Hebert, who captured the pursuit flying through an intersection.

“It is unfortunate that we have to deal with individuals that have no regard for the law, or person’s lives or property.  The operation of the vehicle by Mr. Wadden today puts people at great risk, and we make every attempt to end those situations as quickly as possible," said Sheriff C.J. Ryan.

Police say Wadden was wanted on warrants for parole violation and possession of marijuana, with additional charges pending as a result of Friday's chase.





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