Officials Pit Car to End 120 Mile Per Hour Chase

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A high-speed chase that reached speeds of 120 miles per hour ended around noon in West Des Moines Friday.

The chase started in Ames around 11:30 a.m. when officers tried to pull over 31-year-old Ace Leonard, of Council Bluffs, because he was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of driving while barred. Leonard took off and headed south on I-35, and that’s when the Iowa State Patrol joined the chase.

1_mug_leonard_adeLeonard led troopers down I-35 and then westbound on I-235. West Des Moines Police deployed stop sticks on I-235 and the chase finally ended when a pit maneuver was used just west of the Jordan Creek Parkway exit on I-80.

Leonard was loaded into an ambulance at the scene. His condition is unknown.

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