UPDATE: Man detained, released after low-speed chase Friday

Driver was not eluding but 'did not understand that he was supposed to stop' for police

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The driver of a vehicle involved in a low-speed pursuit Friday night with officers of the Perry Police Department was not arrested on a charge of eluding because “he was confused and did not understand that he was supposed to stop,” according to police department records.

The Perry man, whose name was not released, led police officers on a brief chase along First Avenue from Iowa Highway 141 to the downtown area. The solo driver of the red passenger van was taken into custody without incident near the corner of Third Street and Otley Avenue after the five-minute chase.

According to the Perry Police Department, the driver was briefly detained at the offices of the police department, where discussion, through the help of an interpreter, revealed the driver’s ignorance of some elementary traffic rules and regulations.

The driver was issued a citation for failure to signal a lane change and released. Officers of the Perry Police Department “explained that he is to stop when he sees the police lights” before sending him on his way.

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A man in a van was arrested in downtown Perry about 10 p.m. Friday after leading officers of the Perry Police Department on a brief, low-speed pursuit.
A man in a van was arrested in downtown Perry about 10 p.m. Friday after leading officers of the Perry Police Department on a brief, low-speed pursuit.

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