A Waukee man was arrested on a Dallas County warrant Wednesday in connection with a July 1 incident in which he allegedly very nearly ran over an officer of the Waukee Police Department.
Jamie Ray VanZuuk, 33, of 1095 Braden Court, Waukee, was charged with eluding, reckless driving, careless driving, assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, assault on persons in certain occupations-intent of injury, interference with official acts-dangerous weapon, interference with official acts-serious injury and driving while barred.
The incident began about 8:45 p.m. July 1 at the intersection of S.E. Crabapple Drive and S.E. Laurel Street, where officers of the Waukee Police Department responded to a report of “an impaired person” who “has been driving by, squealing tires three times,” according to court records.
An officer made contact with VanZuuk, who allegedly had “a half-bottle of Fireball whiskey sitting in the passenger seat” of his Honda Civic and who presented “slurred speech and bloodshot eyes” from his place in the driver’s seat, according to court records.
As two more officers were arriving, they heard the first officer tell VanZuuk “to not start the car and command him to shut the car off,” and they saw the first officer “open the driver side door and grab on to the male’s left arm,” according to court records.
When the second officer “ran toward the vehicle, yelling, ‘Stop!'” VanZuuk allegedly “put the car in gear and accelerated quickly toward” the second officer, “causing the tires to squeal,” and “the front of the vehicle struck” the second officer.
VanZuuk sped away. The officers “searched the area and could not find the suspect,” according to court records.
Following up on a citizen’s tip, the police identified VanZuuk and the vehicle he allegedly drove July 1. And knowing his past, that he eludes police and has ran before, exigent circumstances required an arrest warrant to be requested,” according to court records.
A warrant for VanZuuk’s arrest was ordered July 7 in Dallas County District Court and served the same day. VanZuuk is held in the Dallas County Jail without bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 16 in Dallas County District Court.
Vanzuuk was convicted of assault on persons in certain occupations in 2015 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of first-offense domestic abuse assault in 2020 in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of eluding in 2020 in Dallas County District Court. He was arrested in March 2021 in Des Moines on charges of assault on persons in certain occupations, first-offense OWI and interference with official acts. The case is pending in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of eluding in May 2021 in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of eluding in May 2021 in Warren County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.