A heartstopping incident in Iowa that unfolded in 2021 has finally resulted in a conviction for the criminal involved, according to new reports. Consequently, shocking video footage of the incident has also been released which shows an Iowa officer clinging desperately to the hood of a car as the assailant attempted to flee.
Bodycam footage from the Carroll Police Department was released following the conviction of Dennis Guider Jr., in relation to the incident on March 5, 2021. Officer Patrick McCarty reportedly pulled over a vehicle in which Guider was a passenger, according to Fox News citing KCCI-TV in Des Moines.
Reportedly McCarty informed Guider that there is a warrant out for his arrest in Illinois in the course of his investigation. The driver, unnamed in the report but alleged to be his girlfriend, exited the vehicle and Guider slid over to the driver's seat, at which point the officer drew his weapon.
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As Guider began moving the vehicle McCarty ordered him to stop and jumped on the hood of the vehicle. The officer could be heard commanding Guider, "Stop the car, man. Stop the car!"
#FPVideo: Video released by Carroll Police Department captures a dramatic car chase in Iowa, US. The chase ensued as the officer informed the driver about an arrest warrant against him. As the suspect attempted to flee, the officer jumped on the car's hood. pic.twitter.com/yAebxo7eA0— Firstpost (@firstpost) May 19, 2023
Eventually, he is heard yelling, "Stop the f*cking car!" as he clung to the hood. KCCI reported that other officers arrived as Guider drove off with McCarty holding on and the chase only lasted a minute or so before the assailant turned into a gravel lot and through a ditch.
Officer McCarty lost his grip and was thrown from the vehicle suffering a broken back.
The Des Moines Register reported that Guider pleaded guilty to serious injury by vehicle, a felony, and was sentenced to five years in prison. His court-appointed attorney in Iowa, Joel Baxter, argued that Guider, as a black man, was fearful for his life when confronted by the officer and argued for leniency because McCarty wasn't trained to step in front of a vehicle.
When questioned on the stand, McCarty said, "Each situation is different, It certainly didn’t play out the way I intended."
Police Chief Brad Burke told the outlet that he held the video due to its relevance to the case. He told the Iowa Capital Dispatch cited by the outlet that McCarty, "in the heat of the moment made a lapse in judgment in an attempt to apprehend the suspect. This is a training point that is used for all the officers going forward from the incident.”
He added that McCarty's split-second decision "compounded the situation."
Baxter claimed, "We don’t know what would have happened if Officer McCarty hadn’t stepped in front of the vehicle, hadn’t drawn his service weapon, hadn’t stepped onto the vehicle."
In his ruling, the District Associate Judge Joseph McCarville sentenced Guider to five years to be served non-concurrently to his sentence in Illinois and while acknowledging "Officer McCarty probably should have just stepped aside and let you go, because you weren’t wanted for murder," refuted that Gider had any reason to fear for his life justifying his attempt to flee.
He added, "Officer McCarty was polite and respectful when he approached the car, was treating everybody with dignity, and then you kick your girlfriend out of the car and you take off," according to the Register.You can follow Matt Holloway on Facebook, Twitter, TruthSocial, Gettr, Gab & Parler.