Suspect Driving from Passenger Seat Leads Troopers on Two-County Chase


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ANKENY, Iowa — Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in a chase Wednesday morning that began in Story County and ended in Polk County.

Forty-one-year-old Haitham Abdel Majid of Iowa Falls was booked into the Polk County Jail at the conclusion of the chase. He is facing two counts of assault on a police officer, one count of reckless driving, one count of improper use of lanes, and one count of failure to maintain a safety belt. He could face more charges.

Sgt. Nate Ludwig with the Iowa State Patrol says the pursuit began north of Ames on southbound I-35, but the first 911 call about the erratic driver came in from north of Story City.  When a State Trooper caught up with the vehicle and tried to pull it over, Abdel Majid kept going at a high speed.

Ludwig says Abdel Majid was operating the vehicle from the passenger side and weaving from lane to lane, and passing vehicles on the shoulder. The chase continued southbound and finally ended in Polk County north of Ankeny’s the SE Oralabor Road exit on I-35 a little after 7:30 a.m.

Sgt. Ludwig says law enforcement used a “rolling road block” to stop the vehicle.

Abdel Majid was taken into custody. Law enforcement believes he may have been under the influence of a substance.

No one was injured during the chase but there was damage to a vehicle reported.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office assisted during the pursuit.

Traffic in the area where the chase ended was backed up, causing delays during the morning commute.

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