Vehicle damaged during chase
One Washington Police officer was evaluated at the Washington County Hospital and Clinics emergency room and released Saturday morning after an incident where burglary suspects attempting to flee from police struck a police vehicle.
According to a press release from the Washington County Communications Center, a burglary in progress was reported at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday at 2210 Larch Ave. in Washington. The caller reported two persons were involved and they were leaving the scene in a GMC Yukon. Law enforcement personnel responded to the scene.
The release said that while fleeing the scene, the suspects “intentionally” stuck a Chevy Tahoe belonging to the Washington Police Department. The report said that one suspect was taken into custody immediately and the second was arrested after a search of the area involving a K9 officer from the Washington Police Department.
The report said that no one was injured during the incident.
Donald J. King, 39, of Centralia, Ill., was charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, trespass and assault on a peace officer. Mark S. Grimes, 26, of Centralia, was charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, trespass and interference with official acts. Both are being held in the Washington County Jail on $25,000 cash bond.
Third-degree burglary is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $7,500 fine. Assault on a police officer is a also a Class D felony.
Neither court record was available at press time this morning.
Law enforcement personnel from the Washington Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol and Adult Probation all responded to the scene. The Iowa State Patrol is handling the traffic accident. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.
For more details on the incident, see the May 6 edition of The Washington Evening Journal.