Man Arrested For Hitting QC Police Officer With His Car
WQAD reports Jonathan Swearingen from Aledo, Illinois led police on a high-speed chase after hitting a Bettendorf officer with his car.A
Bettendorf police responded to a report of theft at Isle of Capri Casino at 2:25 a.m. Nov. 21, according to a statement from a spokeswoman with the City of Bettendorf, Iowa. Officers stopped a 2007 white Dodge Caliber when a passenger left the hatchback. The driver of the Dodge then drove away from the stop and “quickly accelerated and struck” an officer who had just gotten out of his squad car, the statement said.
The officer suffered minor injuries from the incident. He was transported to a local hospital and later released.
Swearingen then led police on a chase into Davenport. He lost control of the vehicle near River Drive.
A 31-year-old woman from Milan, Illinois and her 5-year-old daughter were in the vehicle with Swearingen.
He was arrested and faces felony charges of assaulting a police officer and eluding. Swearingen also faces child endangerment and reckless driving charges, which are misdemeanors.