A Waukee teenager was arrested on warrants Wednesday night after allegedly eluding law enforcement in a stolen Jeep Cherokee and then fleeing on foot through a Waukee residential neighborhood.
Cameron Spencer Goodrich, 18, of no fixed abode, was charged with two counts of second-degree theft, three counts of third-degree burglary, eluding and failure to obey a stop sign and yield the right of way.
According to court records, the incident began about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, when officers of the Waukee Police Department received a report of a suspicious vehicle that was “driving in a reckless manner and chasing three men” in the area of Abigal Lane and Brodie Street in Waukee.
The vehicle was described as a black Jeep Cherokee with a missing back window, and the officers recognized the description as matching a vehicle reported stolen earlier in the day. The officers later spotted the Jeep near S.E. University Avenue and Warrior Lane and recognized the driver as Goodrich.
According to court records, the officers activated their emergency lights and siren in order to initiate a traffic stop, but the Jeep sped northward and into a housing development, where Goodrich exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
Goodrich was later taken into custody in the 100 block of Gray Avenue in Waukee. He was arrested for eluding and on warrants for a recent string of petty thefts and burglaries in Waukee.
Goodrich was charged with second-degree theft in connection with the theft of a bicycle May 23 in 1100 block of S.E. Olson Drive in Waukee. He was charged with second-degree theft in connection with the theft of a motor vehicle May 28 in the 400 block of S.E. Laurel Street in Waukee.
Goodrich was charged with three counts of third-degree burglary in connection with incidents May 31 involving the theft of checks from one motor vehicle, the theft of cash from a second motor vehicle and the theft of checks and credit cards from a third vehicle.
Goodrich is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $21,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 12 in Dallas County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.