KNOXVILLE — A pursuit that began in Knoxville ended in the Des Moines metro Sunday morning, and involved a car that was reported stolen in an armed carjacking.

Knoxville police stopped a 2010 Toyota Matrix in the 800 block of South Lincoln Street for an equipment violation at approximately 3:11 a.m. Sunday, Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada said.

At the time, officers didn’t know the car was reported stolen out of Polk County Saturday night. There were three people in the vehicle, and the officer asked two of them to step out.

That’s when police say Daniel Brian Ogden, 22, of Des Moines, who had previously given police a false name, fled. Officers followed as the vehicle turned onto Highway 14 where speeds were in excess of 110 mph.

Losada said Ogden turned west onto Highway 163 where speeds again topped 100 mph. Officers deployed spike strips twice to deflate the vehicle’s tires. The pursuit ended in a cul-de-sac in Pleasant Hill when the vehicle struck a mailbox.

Losada said Ogden jumped out of the still-moving vehicle. The car struck a tree as Ogden continued on foot, leaping two fences, before being apprehended.

Ogden was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines to be treated for injuries. He was released and transported to Marion County Jail.

Losada said the pursuing officer received minor cuts and scratches during the pursuit.

The pursuit lasted about 41 minutes, ending roughly 34 miles from where it began.

Ogden was charged eluding while participating in a felony, second-degree theft, providing false identification, speeding, failure to provide proof of financial liability, no valid driver’s license, and fraudulent use of registration.

Kyle Ocker is the regional editor of the Centerville Daily Iowegian, Knoxville Journal-Express, Pella Chronicle and Oskaloosa Herald. He can be reached at


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