A 22-year-old Des Moines man is accused of leading law enforcement officers on a 41-minute chase after 3 a.m. Sunday morning, July 21.
Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada tells the Tribune that Lt. Corey Derby initiated a traffic stop on a grey Toyota for a vehicle malfunction at 3:11 a.m. Two people, including the driver, stepped out of the vehicle before a third occupant – identified as Daniel Brian Ogden – climbed into the driver’s seat and left the scene.
Ogden is accused of leading Derby on a chase that reached up to 100 miles per hour on Highway 14, north to Highway 163 into Pleasant Hill. On 91st Street in Pleasant Hill, spike stripes were deployed to slow the vehicle, but the chase continued.
When the vehicle hit 72nd Street, another set of spikes was deployed and flattened all four tires. The driver then hit a mailbox and jumped out the vehicle while it was still moving. The car came to a stop when it hit a tree.
Derby pursued the suspect on foot and eventually caught up to him. Derby received minor injuries while cuffing the suspect. Ogden was then transported to the Marion County Jail.
Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the vehicle was taken in a car jacking in Des Moines. The Des Moines Police Department is investigating.
There were no accidents during the chase, beyond the vehicle hitting the tree. The vehicle was towed back to Knoxville.
Ogden has been charged with eluding, theft-second, interference with official acts, providing false information to law enforcement and other traffic offenses. His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 1. Bond is set at $20,000.
One of the subjects who fled the car before the chase was charged with driving while suspended. No charges are pending against the other.
“This is the longest pursuit we’ve seen in a long time,” Losada said. “Fortunately, we don’t see a lot of them here.”
The KPD was assisted in this pursuit by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Pleasant Hill Police Department.