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 – thee 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.
Mickey Dubberly, Neer’s manager with KO Dynasty, said his client painted a different picture.
According to Dubberly, Neer said he struck a parked car, stopped to check it for damage, and continued on his way when he saw none. Dubberly said Neer panicked when an officer began to pursue his car.
After attempting a PIT maneuver, police reportedly deployed spike strips in an attempt to bring the pursuit to an end. Neer was arrested after blowing a tire.
Dubberly contends the arresting officers used unnecessary force during Neer’s apprehension. Dubberly said the athlete sustained bruises to his stomach, thighs, and head after officers kicked him repeatedly.