Dooley arrested after chase
A Brighton man led police on a high-speed chase between Kalona and Washington Friday night. Washington County deputies deployed a spike strip on Highway 1 to stop the vehicle, although the vehicle did not run over it.
Robert Dooley, 59, was arrested for reckless driving, eluding a law enforcement vehicle, speeding, failure to obey a stop sign and failure to maintain registration plate. Operating while intoxicated charges are pending.
Washington County Deputy Brandon Hamilton wrote in an affidavit Friday that Dooley was driving 80 mph while southbound on Highway 1, after Hamilton had turned his siren and flashers on while following Dooley west on Highway 22. Hamilton wrote that Dooley was forcing cars off the road and onto the gravel shoulder.
At the time, Washington County Deputy Nathan Schmuecker was on Highway 1 near the intersection with 190th Street. Schmuecker learned of the pursuit and deployed spike strips at the intersection of Highway 1 and 170th Street.
Hamilton wrote that Dooley slammed on his brakes just before reaching the spike strips, which locked his tires and brought his vehicle to a complete stop. Dooley was given commands to exit the vehicle and get on the ground. Dooley hesitated in getting on the ground, so he was “assisted to the ground.” He was then handcuffed and searched for weapons.
Hamilton escorted Dooley to his squad car and asked him if he saw the flashing lights and heard the siren. Dooley said he did, and that he just wanted to go home. Hamilton wrote that he could smell alcohol on Dooley. Dooley was then taken to the Washington County Jail.
Dooley registered a blood alcohol content reading of .033. He was asked to perform a variety of field sobriety exams, and he agreed to take them. He scored four of six on the HGN test, six of eight on the walk and turn test and one of four on the one leg stand test.
The high-speed chase began in the city of Kalona at 6:17 p.m. Hamilton saw Dooley’s silver mini cooper and attempted to stop it because dirt obscured the rear license plate, making it unreadable. Hamilton wrote that the driver looked similar to a subject who had an arrest warrant placed on him the previous night, and who was known to drive a mini cooper.
Hamilton activated his emergency lights in the 300 block of Highway 22 in Kalona while in his fully marked patrol car. Dooley continued driving west and activated his car’s four-way hazard lights and waved at Hamilton through his open driver’s window. Dooley turned south onto Highway 1 after failing to come to a complete stop at the four-way intersection.
Eluding a law enforcement vehicle is an aggravated misdemeanor while reckless driving is a simple misdemeanor.