Pursuit suspect charged with attempted murder of a police officer

A man accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase Tuesday afternoon is facing an attempted murder of a police officer charge after he allegedly tried to ram Dayton Police Chief Nicholas Dunbar’s patrol vehicle head-on.

The suspect, identified as Anthony Spinharney, 37, of Omaha, Nebraska, is also charged with felony eluding and interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.

Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs said Dunbar spotted Spinharney’s vehicle, which was driving erratically and speeding on Iowa Highway 175. When Dunbar tried to pull the vehicle over, Spinharney allegedly refused to stop and kept going.

At one point, the pursuit went into a bean field.

“Chief Dunbar followed the suspect vehicle into the bean field at which time the driver turned around and attempted to strike Chief Dunbar’s patrol vehicle head on,” Stubbs said. “The driver then circled around and attempted to strike Chief Dunbar’s patrol vehicle on the driver’s door.”

Dunbar fired his duty weapon, striking the suspect’s vehicle, Stubbs said.

Spinharney was eventually arrested in another field after fleeing on foot.

He is expected to make his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court this morning.

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