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Driver Crosses 'Get Arrested' Off Bucket List

He's not the first to fulfill that goal

Bucket List

Courtesy Polk County Sheriff’s Office

After a short chase, police say the driver gave the most unusual excuse.

Perhaps you have a bucket list. Perhaps it contains a few thrill-seeking moments, like skydiving or bungee-jumping.

Most people probably wouldn’t recommend this for your list, though: A Des Moines, Iowa, man was arrested this month after he led state troopers on a short car chase. Afterward, he claimed the chase was on his personal bucket list.


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“In my 28 years, I’ve never heard that excuse,” Iowa State Police Sgt. Scott Bright told KCCI-TV in Des Moines. 

Things may be a little more complicated than that: State police told the station the driver, Frederick Ray Jones, 46, of Des Moines, also was using a driver’s license and car that did not belong to him. The man was charged with numerous traffic offenses, eluding a law enforcement officer and a parole violation.

This is not the first “bucket list” claim from someone who wanted to be arrested. Earlier this month, 102-year-old Edie Simms of St. Louis was put in a police car and handcuffed — at her request. She told KTVI-TV in St. Louis she had never been in a police car until that day. Last February, a 99-year-old woman got her bucket list wish fulfilled when police agreed to “arrest” her in the Netherlands.

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