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May 21, 2013

69-year-old leads deputies on high speed chase

A homeless man driving a stolen vehicle May 15 in Appanoose County at 2:30 a.m. in an attempt to elude law enforcement rammed the pursuing patrol car and is now facing five class D felony charges.

Roy Steed Cope, 69, has been charged by the Appanoose County Sheriff's office with one count of second degree theft, control over a stolen 2003 silver Pontiac Bonneville from Sac County bearing license plates stolen from Greene County; one count of assault while participating in a felony, a class D felony, where Cope used the stolen vehicle to ram the pursuing Appanoose County Sheriff's vehicle causing at least $1,000 but less than $10,000 in damage; one count of assault against a peace officer, a class D felony; one count of eluding or attempting to elude pursing law enforcement, a class D felony; one count of second degree criminal mischief, a class D felony; and one count of possession of burglars tools, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The criminal complaint and affidavit states officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the 15000 block of 24th Avenue. The caller reported a silver car had left the area at a high rate of speed south towards Highway 5.

Sheriff's deputy Keith Glosser caught up with the vehicle in the 12000 block of 244th Avenue heading towards Highway 5. Glosser had his emergency lights and siren activated but the vehicle continued and turned north on Highway 5 where he ran a stop sign.

Glosser states he was able to get his patrol car in front the stolen vehicle and the defendant "rammed the left rear side of my patrol car and spun me around in the southbound lane."

Sheriff's deputy Daniels picked up the chase and was able to force the vehicle into the east ditch.

Cope was identified by a Minnesota Department of Corrections booking photo.

Found in Cope's possession was a wallet with $120, a Selective Service card issued to John Taylor from Joice, Iowa and multiple tools and clothing commonly used to commit burglaries.

Cope has a criminal history of several burglaries in different states and an active arrest warrant from the Minnesota Department of Corrections for a parole violation on the charge of burglary.

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