Des Moines police pursuit ends in rammed patrol car and pepper spray arrest

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A 36-year old Des Moines man is in custody after ramming a patrol car and leading officers on a short chase in south Des Moines, authorities said.

Des Moines police say a Polk County Conservation Ranger attempted to pull over a red pickup truck driven by Michael Scott Bird in Easter Lake Park around 3:30 p.m. Monday. When the driver refused to stop, the ranger called for assistance from the Des Moines Police Department and a chase ensued. Police say bird rammed one patrol car before a PIT maneuver was used to drive the vehicle off the road along 2321 E. Pine Avenue just east of Indianola Avenue. An officer on scene deployed pepper spray on Bird before arresting him.

Multiple animals were inside the vehicle. The Animal Rescue League and animal control vehicles removed one large dog and four to six small puppies.

It is not known at this time what the Polk Counter Conservation Ranger’s initial stop was for. No officers were injured in the chase. Bird has been booked into the Polk County Jail. He faces charges of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for law enforcement and criminal mischief.

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