Vehicular Pursuit Lands Des Moines Man in Jail
A Pella Police Department Press Release
Pella, IA [8/23/2014]– On August 23, 2014, at approximately 9:06 pm, while searching for a suspicious vehicle on Highway 163, members of the Pella Police Department observed a vehicle displaying invalid registration plates. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the operator drove the vehicle away at a high speed eastbound into Mahaska County. A vehicular chase ensued with units from the Pella PD and Marion County S.O. in pursuit. The suspect’s vehicle was stopped at the Highway 163 and Highway 92 interchange in Oskaloosa after members of the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office successfully deployed tire deflation devices. The suspect exited the vehicle and was apprehended by law enforcement after a short foot chase. It was then determined that a 13 year old child was in the vehicle with the defendant during the pursuit. The 13 year old child was uninjured.
Arrested in the incident was the vehicle’s operator:
Ryan Matthew Bennett
Des Moines, IA
Male, 33 years of age
Neglect of a Dependent Person – Class C Felony
Eluding – Aggravated Misdemeanor
Driving while Barred – Aggravated Misdemeanor
Reckless Driving – Simple Misdemeanor
Speed/ 90mph in 65mph – Simple Misdemeanor
Failure to post security against liability (no insurance) – Simple Misdemeanor
Fraudulent use of Registration – Simple Misdemeanor
No front plate – Simple Misdemeanor
Failure to use Seatbelt – Simple Misdemeanor
Failure to Illuminate Registration – Simple Misdemeanor
Traveling the Wrong Direction on Highway – Simple Misdemeanor
A Class C Felony carries a period of confinement of up to 10 years and a fine of between $1,000 and $10,000 for each conviction.
An Aggravated Misdemeanor carries a period of confinement of up to 2 years and a fine between $500 and $5,000 for each conviction
A Simple Misdemeanor carries a period of confinement of up to 30 days and a fine between $50 and $500 for each conviction.
The Pella Police Department wishes to remind everyone that a criminal charge is merely an accusation, and a person charged with a criminal offense is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.