Des Moines man crashes SUV in trying to outrun cops

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John Richard Hanagan Jr., 39, of Des Moines was arrested Friday on charges of eluding, driving while barred, reckless driving, failure to stop in assured clear distance, speeding, unsafe passing, failure to obey a stop sign, no insurance and fraudulent use of registration.

A Des Moines man was arrested Friday evening after he tried to outrun a De Soto Police Department patrol officer on U.S. Interstate 80 in West Des Moines.

John Richard Hanagan Jr., 39, of 2350 E. 24th St., Des Moines, was charged with eluding, driving while barred, reckless driving, failure to stop in assured clear distance, speeding, unsafe passing, failure to obey a stop sign, no insurance and fraudulent use of registration.

The incident began about 5:45 p.m. Friday on the eastbound U.S. Interstate 80 near the 113 mile marker in Van Meter, where an officer of the De Soto Police Department “did respond to assist a Dallas County Deputy on a traffic complaint,” according to court records.

The officer spotted a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer with no plates and activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights in order to initiate a traffic stop, but the Blazer, driven by Hanagan, “did fail to yield” to the emergency lights and instead made “a fast and unsafe pass around another vehicle, using the inside shoulder,” according to court records.

A chase ensued that reached 95 mph. Hanagan took the Ute Avenue off ramp and ran the stop sign at Ute Avenue, crossing directly over the street and onto the Ute Avenue on ramp of eastbound U.S. Interstate 80.

The chase came to an end with Hanagan’s eventually “losing control and rolling over into the ditch on the I80 eastbound on ramp at mile marker 117,” according to court records.

Hanagan was held in the Dallas County Jail in advance of an initial appearance in Dallas County District Court.

Hanagan was convicted of eluding-injury, OWI, drugs or participating in a felony in 2017 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of eluding-injury, OWI, drugs or participating in a felony in 2018 in Polk County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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