WATERLOO — A Waterloo man was arrested for opening fire in a strip club parking lot after his debit card was turned down following a private dance.
James Allen Wells, 67, was arrested late Friday after allegedly leading University of Northern Iowa campus police on a chase that ended in a crash, according to authorities.
Wells was arrested for carrying weapons, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, five counts of reckless use of a firearm, two counts of assault on a peace officer and one count each of eluding, reckless driving, interference while armed and fourth-degree criminal mischief.
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Court records allege Wells was at Porsches Theater of the Arts, 1850 W. Airline Highway, around 11 p.m. Friday. He allegedly became upset because his debit card was declined following a private dance, so he left the building, pulled a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver from his waistband and fired off five rounds in to parked vehicles.
One bullet hit Dodge Durango in the rear window, a Chrysler Town and County was hit in the tailgate by a bullet and lodged in the back seat, and other bullets struck a Chevrolet Impala’s driver’s side door and windshield and lodged in the dashboard.
Wells then left in his Chrysler 300. UNI police later attempted to stop him on for speeding. A short chase ensued, and the fleeing vehicle hit a curb and became disabled.
Wells then struggled with UNI officers, and one of the officers injured a hand in the scuffle.