Dash camera and body camera footage released by the Knoxville Police Department show a five-minute pursuit that began in town before the driver of the vehicle fatally crashed north of Knoxville.
The video shows an officer initiating a traffic stop before entering into a high speed chase with a gold Dodge Grand Caravan. Upon the vehicle leaving the road and flipping into the ditch, the officer uses his fire extinguisher moments after the crash.
The pursuit took place at approximately 3:21 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The officer initiated a traffic stop near Knoxville Middle School for a van going 41 mph in a 30 mph zone on Highway 14.
The van’s driver, 40-year old Erin Weers of Marshalltown, pulled into the Iowa State Savings Bank ATM lane, but did not stop. Weers turned south and west, failing to stop at both a stop sign and red light, police said.
Weers accelerated northbound on to Highway 14, reaching speeds over 90 mph. At times Weers drove into the southbound lanes of Highway 14.
The van entered the west ditch north of G44, near the driveway of 1165 North Highway 14. The impact causes the vehicle to catch fire in a roadside ditch, upside down. The pursuing officer, as well as other assisting officers, put out the fire using fire extinguishers before locating the partially ejected Weers.
Weers was later pronounced dead on the scene.
Knoxville PD was assisted with the investigation by Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa DOT, Knoxville Fire and Rescue and Knoxville Rural Fire Department.
There are no criminal charges pending in this case, Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada said Thursday while releasing the video footage.