Eluding driver nearly runs over law enforcement officers

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Kyle Lee Waddell, 29, of Des Moines was arrested early Saturday on charges of interference with official acts-dangerous weapon, two counts of assault on persons in certain occupations--use/display of weapon, driving while barred, eluding, careless driving, failure to obey stop signs, improper use of lanes and violation of financial liability coverage.

A Des Moines man was arrested Saturday morning after leading law enforcement on a half-hour, high-speed chase that began in Adel.

Kyle Lee Waddell, 29, of 2736 Dean Ave., Des Moines, was charged with interference with official acts-dangerous weapon, two counts of assault on persons in certain occupations–use/display of weapon, driving while barred, eluding, careless driving, failure to obey stop signs, improper use of lanes and violation of financial liability coverage.

The incident began about 1:15 a.m., when an Adel Police Department officer observed a 2006 Ford Expedition “sliding all over the road” and determined the registered owner of the vehicle “had warrants out of Polk County.”

According to court records, the officer initiated a traffic stop in the 1300 block of S. 14th Street in Adel and as the officer “approached the Ford, the wheels on the Ford began to spin, and it drove off.”

According to court records, “a Dallas County Deputy in full uniform and DOT officer in full uniform ordered” Waddell “to stop and get out of the vehicle,” but instead Waddell allegedly “drove his vehicle toward the deputy, and the deputy and DOT officer had to jump out of the way in order to avoid being hit by the vehicle.”

A high-speed pursuit ensued, ending about 1:51 a.m., “when the Ford became immobilized,” according to court records.

Waddell is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $15,000 cash or surety bond prior to his initial appearance 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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