Dive Team Pulls Woman's Body From Car After Police Chase



By Larry Burkum

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa —Police said a woman was found dead when a car was pulled out of a quarry pond south of West Des Moines Wednesday.

An officer tried to stop the driver about 3:48 a.m. at South 11th Street and the S.W. Connector. The officer said the driver was driving recklessly, and appeared to be intoxicated.

Police said the chase reached speeds of up to 75 mph as it reached 54th Street. The officer said he backed off because that street ends in a dead end.

The officer said as he approached the dead end, he could see that the car had left the road, driving through a grassy area.

The officer said he found tire tracks leading into the quarry pond and saw bubbles in the water.

A dive team searched for the car, found it and then pulled it from the water about 8 a.m.

Police said a woman in her 50s was found dead in the car, which was found about 30-40 feet from the shore. West Des Moines police said her cause of death is not yet known.

They said the car had out of state license plates.

Police said there is no indication that the woman hit her brakes before the crash into the water. A witness of the crash told police they saw the car go airborne before hitting the water.

Investigators said they are working with the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office to determine the identity of the woman. It's still not known why the woman decided to run from the officer.
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