SECOND CHASE: Suspect Caught In Story County

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The Story County Sheriff’s Office says they have a man in custody, wanted for a chase in Ames last week. The arrest comes after another chase early Wednesday morning.

Officers say, last Wednesday, 37-year-old James Choate drove a stolen pick-up through a corn field and into the Skunk River while trying to get away from police.

Choate led authorities on another chase starting around 3:30 this Wednesday morning.

They say they received a call that Choate had stolen another vehicle from McCallsburg.

“We dispatched our deputies there, tried to make contact with him, attempted to make a stop.  He decided that he didn’t want to stop and the pursuit started,” says Story Count Capt. Barry Thomas.

The chase wound through Story County for an hour but Choate eventually hit a parked van in Nevada and tried to escape on foot. Officers were able to tase him and take him into custody.

“Why would he come down a residential driveway and think he could get anywhere?  I’m just, I don’t know, I’m confused,” says Michelle Parker.

The chase ended in her driveway.  The whole front end of her van was smashed in the crash.

James Choate is now charged with eluding, driving while barred, theft, interference with official acts, reckless driving, and other traffic violations.

“This is a suspect who has consistently made bad choices, put the citizens of Story County at risk with the decision making that he’s made and his rightful place right now is behind bars,” says Thomas.

Choate is currently being held in the Story County Jail.


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