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Driver who dragged police officer with car identified

A %50,000 cash-only bond has been issued for Mary Bella Brooks, 42, of Des Moines accusing her of stealing multiple vehichles and dragging a Washington Police Department officer with a vehicle on Aug. 2. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Police Department)
A %50,000 cash-only bond has been issued for Mary Bella Brooks, 42, of Des Moines accusing her of stealing multiple vehichles and dragging a Washington Police Department officer with a vehicle on Aug. 2. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Police Department)
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WASHINGTON — Authorities in Washington have identified and issued an arrest warrant for a suspect who allegedly stole a vehicle and dragged an officer with her car last week.

A warrant with a $50,000 cash-only bond has been issued for Mary Bella Brooks, 42, of Des Moines.

On Sunday, Aug. 2, at approximately 12:25 a.m., a Washington police officer stopped a car near the intersection of North 15th Avenue and East Second Street.

After determining the vehicle was stolen, the officer asked Brooks to get out of the vehicle. Instead, she drove away from the scene and dragged the officer with the vehicle. The officer received minor injuries and was later treated and released from the Washington County Hospital and Clinics.

The suspect later abandoned the stolen vehicle and is believed to have stolen a tan 2007 Ford Escape from Washington. That vehicle was recovered by the Des Moines Police Department at approximately 3 a.m. on Aug. 10.

Brooks has remained unidentified due to providing the officer false information regarding her identity during the stop. With assistance from the Iowa Department of Corrections Probation/Parole and the Des Moines Police Department, the Washington Police Department identified Brooks as the driver of the vehicle and the following felony charges have been filed:

  • • Theft in the second degree (possession of a stolen vehicle).

• Assault while participating in a felony.

• Assault on a peace officer using a dangerous weapon.

• Interference with official acts using a dangerous weapon.

Additionally, Brooks is accused of an aggravated misdemeanor for interference with official acts causing bodily injury and four additional traffic violations. Additional charges are pending per DCI Lab results as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information on the location of Brooks is asked to contact Washington County Communications at 319-653-2107 or their local law enforcement agency. Brooks has a unique star-shaped tattoo on her upper-left forearm.