A Waukee man was arrested late Tuesday on warrants for assault and burglary after eluding law enforcement earlier in the day.
Jamie Ray VanZuuk, 32, of 1095 Braden Court, Waukee, was charged with eluding and reckless driving and arrested on warrants for first-offense domestic abuse assault-bodily injury or mental illness, third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief.
According to court records, an officer of the Waukee Police Department saw VanZuuk driving a 2003 Buick Century about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in Waukee and recognized him as a person with “several valid warrants for his arrest out of Waukee.”
VanZuuk “turned around and looked back at” the officer “then he heavily accelerated in an attempt to intentionally elude” the officer.
A high-speed pursuit ensued along Waukee streets, but the chase was ended when the officer “noticed that, due to the time of day, there were a lot of residents home from work, who were outside in their yards and exercising on the sidewalks and trails,” and the officer determined that VanZuuk “was putting these individuals’ safety in danger by eluding officers at a high rate of speed and driving in a reckless manner.”
VanZuuk was later located and taken into custody without further incident Tuesday by officers of the Waukee Police Department.
The warrants for VanZuuk’s arrest were issued Oct. 9 in Dallas County District Court in connection with an Oct. 7 incident in Waukee in which VanZuuk allegedly used “unknown tools to pick the lock” of the female victim’s residence, entered the residence and found the victim “video chatting with a male friend.”
In reaction, VanZuuk allegedly “punched the victim in the back of the head three times and grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her before walking out of the residence,” according to court records.
He also allegedly “threw her cell phone onto the ground, shattering it,” and “kicked the victim’s passenger-side headlight out of her vehicle before leaving the residence,” according to court records.
VanZuuk is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $5,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Nov. 16 in Dallas County District Court.
VanZuuk was convicted of assault on persons in certain occupations in 2015 in Polk County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is innocent until and unless proven guilty.