I’ve never understood why people run from the police. No one ever gets away. They always seem to forget a radio is faster than whatever they’re fleeing in.
It always ends in one of two ways. The person running either ends up getting caught, or worse, gets himself killed. Lucky for Josh Neer, it was only the former yesterday when he drunkenly hit a stopped car and fled the scene. What Neer didn’t know was the car in front of the one he hit happened to be a police car. When he realized he was being pursed, he ran anyways.
UFC lightweight Josh Neer spent the first hours of the new year in a jail cell, after he was arrested for a hit-and-run incident and high-speed chase early Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Neer, 25, faces charges of Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated, hit-and-run, eluding police and other traffic violations, according to Sgt. Jeff Phillips with the Des Moines Police Department. This was Neer’s second OWI offense. Eluding police is a felony charge.
Neer allegedly struck two vehicles –- the second of which was a police car — and then led authorities on a 15-minute chase that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
“He hit a car with a driver in it that was behind a police car at a stop light,” said Sgt. David Coy.
Coy said the officer exited her car after being rear-ended and observed Neer flee the scene.
To be fair, Neer’s manager is claiming Neer actually stepped out his car after rear-ending the stopped one and saw no damage so he left. Neer panicked and ran when he saw the police car.
He’s also accusing the police officers that arrested him of using excessive force.
Neer was released on $7,000 bail.