Chase suspect appears in court

A man accused of leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase in the Gowrie area last week made his initial appearance in court Monday.

Damon A. Devries, 37, of Gowrie, is facing a number of charges, including operating while intoxicated, first offense.

Magistrate Steve Kersten allowed Devries to be released on his own recognizance and ordered that the undergo a substance abuse evaluation.

The case was then sent to District Court, with 16 traffic violations being continued for 180 days.

Devries was speeding westbound on Iowa Highway 175 on July 30, according to Iowa State Patrol Lt. Kelly Hindman. After refusing to pull over for a trooper, Devries allegedly led officers from three different agencies on a chase around Gowrie before finally ending on a gravel road in Harcourt. He was taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center for his injuries.

In addition to the operating while intoxicated charge, Devries is facing charges of driving while license is suspended, passing too near a bridge, no insurance related to an accident, four counts of speeding and nine counts of failure to yield the right of way.