Des Moines man stabs himself at end of high-speed pursuit

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Paul Justin Jamison, 46, of Des Moines was arrested Monday on charges of eluding, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Des Moines man was arrested Monday on a Dallas County warrant in connection with a March 14 incident in which he allegedly led law enforcement on a high-speed chase through Dallas and Madison counties before stabbing himself in the chest after crashing his vehicle.

Paul Justin Jamison, 46, of 2606 24th St., Des Moines, was charged with eluding, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court records, the incident began about 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14 in the 700 block of Greene Street in Adel, where a Dallas County Deputy Sheriff attempted to make a traffic stop on a speeding 2003 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Jamison.

Jamison did not stop his vehicle but instead “proceeded to run through the red stop lights on Nile Kinnick Drive and Greene Street” and “continued west on Highway 6, exceeding the speed limit through Adel.”

Still speeding, Jamison’s Impala “drove into the oncoming traffic and ran multiple drivers off the road,” and “the driver threw out two cans of beer” in the course of the pursuit, according to court records.

The speeding Impala “ran another stop sign on U.S. Highway 6 and White Pole Road and continued southbound into Madison County” on Pitzer Road.

At length Jamison’s Impala hit stop sticks that were placed by the Winterset Police Department on Pitzer Road at Iowa Highway 92, and the car crashed into a ditch.

Jamison allegedly refused law enforcement commands to exit the vehicle, instead climbing into the back seat, seizing a knife and stabbing himself in the chest, according to court records.

An officer tazed Jamison because he continued to refuse to exit the vehicle, and he allegedly fought with officers “as he was pulled out of the vehicle,” smelling strongly of alcohol, according to court records.

A search of the Impala disclosed “needles, and one of the needles was filled with a clear liquid substance suspected to be a narcotic. The liquid was sent to the DCI crime lab for further testing.”

Jamison was transported by air to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines for treatment of the self-inflicted knife wound. He was served with the arrest warrant following his medical discharge.

Jamison is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $15,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Dallas 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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