Trooper ends chase with PIT maneuver in Webster County

Carroll man faces charges

Nickolas Downs

An Iowa State Patrol trooper put an end to a high-speed chase in Webster County Friday afternoon by executing a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver on a pickup truck.

A PIT manuever is when a pursuing car forces a fleeing car to turn sideways abruptly, causing the driver to lose control and stop.

Nickolas Downs, 39, of Carroll, was arrested soon after that technique was used, according to the Iowa State Patrol. No injuries were reported.

Downs had allegedly led multiple law enforcement agencies in at least three counties on a pursuit.

The initial chase began in Carroll County at about 2:30 p.m. when a sheriff’s deputy there attempted to stop the truck Downs was driving.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, at one point the chase was discontinued because it was getting too reckless.

A short time later, a Calhoun County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop Downs when he allegedly ran a stop sign.

The chase picked back up and went through Lohrville, Somers and Clare before Downs drove east on 140th Street, the Iowa State Patrol reported.

The crash ended at the intersection of 140th Street and U.S. Highway 169 in Webster County.

A trooper from Post 7 executed the pit maneuver. Troopers from Post 4 were involved earlier on.

Downs had outstanding warrants out of Carroll County for domestic abuse and contempt of court.

Charges are pending on the pursuit.


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