A high-speed chase through two central Iowa counties early Friday morning began with the alleged theft of tweezers and an eyebrow pencil and ended when the fleeing vehicle burst into flames, the Des Moines Register reports.
No one was injured during the 45-minute pursuit, which resulted in the arrests of two people. Officials said they believed the suspects had committed a more serious crime when they began the pursuit.
“The way they took off, the way they were driving, we didn’t know if there was a wanted person in the vehicle or if something else was going on,” Pleasant Hill Police Officer Adam Choat said. “Once we got them stopped and found out what was taken from the store, it seemed pretty minor.”
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ICE issued a statement that reads in part: "This incident may have been prevented if ICE had been notified about any of the multiple times Hernandez-Morales was released from local custody over the last few years. This is an impactful, scary example of how public safety is affected by laws or policies limiting local law enforcement agencies' ability to cooperate with ICE."