INDIANOLA, IOWA — A Des Moines man who led police on a chase from Indianola to the south side of Des Moines on Friday is now facing more than a dozen charges, including Attempted Murder. Benjamin James Royer, 38, was arrested on Friday afternoon after crashing into a parked car at an apartment complex near Fort Des Moines.

According to Indianola Police, witnesses reported Royer was driving recklessly and almost struck numerous people with his car – including a group of four children. When Indianola officers attempted to pull him over, they say Royer sped off. He eventually led them on a pursuit onto Highway 5 and then to SW 9th in Des Moines where he crashed into a parked car at an apartment complex south of Blank Park Zoo. A police cruiser pinned Royer’s car in and lifted its rear wheels off the ground to keep him from running.

Royer is charged with the following:

  • Attempted Murder – 3 counts
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon – 4 counts
  • Assault on Persons in Certain Occupations – 2 counts
  • Interference with Official Acts
  • Eluding
  • Reckless Driving – 2 counts
  • Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
  • Speeding – 3 counts
  • Improper Lane Change
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Royer is being held in the Warren County jail on a $500,000 bond. He is due in court again next Monday.