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Man Flees From Police, Hides In Cornfield Near Hills

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HILLS, Iowa -- Cornfields don't make for great hiding places in the winter.

Just ask 40-year-old Des Moines man Tommy A. Pinegar, who tried to conceal himself in a field after eluding police and driving his vehicle into a ditch.

At 8 p.m. Monday night, a Johnson County Sheriff's Office deputy spotted Pinegar driving at a high rate of speed in the area of Sand Road and 520th Street near Hills. Police said the deputy activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to pull Pinegar over, but the driver refused to stop.

After a short pursuit, Pinegar drove into a ditch, jumped out and ran into a cornfield where he was found a short time later, police said.

Police said Pinegar had a "confused appearance" and his speech was heavily slurred. He allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana and consuming alcohol, but a breath test came back with a blood-alcohol content of .00 percent. Pinegar was evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who determined he was under the influence of a controlled substance and unable to safely drive. Police said Pinegar had what appeared to be a used syringe in his back pocket.

Pinegar was placed under arrest and faces charges of operating under the influence, eluding, interference with official acts and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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