Tuesday, November 6, 2007
POLK COUNTY -- On Oct. 30, Polk County Sheriff's deputies were involved in a high-speed chase that at times topped 100 mph but ended without incident on the Benton County line.
It started as a traffic stop for speeding, but the perpetrator refused to pull over and instead attempted to elude Deputy Lonnie Ashley.
The chase started on Hwy 223 at the Falls City Highway and ended at the King's Valley Store near the Benton County line, where Jonathan Aguinaga surrendered to police. In all, the pursuit lasted about 27 minutes.
"We don't really even know why the guy ran. We do know he called his family while he was running, because his dad showed up on the scene before we even had a chance to take him into custody," Polk County Information Officer Dean Bender said.
At one point Aguinaga made a 180-degree turn to avoid a spike strip deployed by Benton County Sheriff's deputies.
Aguinaga drove straight at a pursuing deputy, forcing the deputy to take evasive action. In doing so, he high-centered his car on a ditch and a tow truck was called.
Polk County is charging Aguinaga with attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, and misdemeanor driving while suspended.
Benton County charged him with felony failure to perform the duties of a driver.