Dallas County, IA – A handcuffed suspect managed to gain control of an Iowa state trooper’s patrol car on Tuesday before leading police on a multijurisdictional high-speed chase through town, down rural roads, and across several farm fields.
The incident began on U.S. Interstate 80 near mile marker 104 at approximately 1 p.m. April 20, after an Iowa state trooper responded to the scene of a crash, The Perry News reported.
The trooper spotted a Monte Carlo that had collided with some cable barriers and gotten hung up in them, according to police.
He made contact with the driver, who was later identified as 31-year-old Brandon Eugene Doerring, The Perry News reported.
“The trooper had some sort of interaction with him,” Dallas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Chief Deputy Adam Infante told the paper. “[He] ended up making an arrest and handcuffed the suspect and put him in the backseat of his patrol car.”
The trooper then headed over to the Monte Carlo – which had been reported as stolen – in order to take down the vehicle identification number for his investigation, The Perry News reported.
When the trooper stepped away, Doerring allegedly used the momentary distraction as a chance to affect his escape, police said.
“[Doerring] brought his cuffs around to the front, jumped into the driver’s seat of the trooper’s car, and stole it,” Deputy Infante told The Perry News.
The chief deputy said the situation “got a little crazy from there.”
Doerring sped off eastbound on U.S. Interstate 80 in the unmarked Dodge Charger patrol car and led police on a high-speed chase across southern Dallas County and the northern portion of Madison County, The Perry News reported.
The pursuit covered somewhere between 20 and 25 miles, police estimated.
The suspect barreled down rural roads and across multiple farm fields during the ordeal.
Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard performed multiple pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuvers during the chase, but “this guy kept getting away,” Deputy Infante told The Perry News.
“He was head-on with a lot of people on the road,” Sheriff Leonard later told KCCI.
Sheriff Leonard persisted and was able to disable the stolen patrol car on his final PIT maneuver attempt, according to The Perry News.
Doerring bailed out of the patrol car with his hands still cuffed, KCCI reported.
He fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended at gunpoint near Tree Line Court and Timber Ridge Avenue at approximately 1:30 p.m., according to The Perry News.
The suspect allegedly bit one of the arresting officers, according to radio traffic.
The suspect complained his wrist hurt and he was bleeding from the head, so paramedics responded to the scene, The Perry News reported.
He has since been booked into the Dallas County Jail on charges of assault with intent of injury on a peace officer and others, eluding, reckless driving, first-degree theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving a vehicle while under the influence, driving while license is denied, suspended, cancelled, or revoked, second-degree theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and speeding.
Deputy Infante said the situation turned out fairly well under the circumstances.
“It could have been worse,” he told The Perry News. “We ended up with a little bit of vehicle damage to some cars, but that stuff’s the cost of doing business, unfortunately.”
The Iowa State Patrol (ISP) said no law enforcement officers were seriously injured during the incident, KCCI reported.