Police pepper spray Cedar Rapids woman; officer receives minor injury

Incident began at sports bar on Monday night

Danielle Sloan
Danielle Sloan

CEDAR RAPIDS – Police used pepper spray to "gain compliance" with one Cedar Rapids woman who they said ran at officers, late Monday evening.

Shortly after 10 p.m., officials responded to a disturbance at 33rd Avenue Sports Bar & Grill at 525 33rd Ave. SW involving 32-year-old Danielle A. Sloan and 37-year-old Levi Roberts. Sloan reportedly left the bar in an SUV, and Roberts took off on foot.

Sometime before Sloan was pulled over in the 2700 block of Sixth Street SW, police said she picked up Roberts. As the two exited the SUV, officers said Roberts appeared intoxicated, as he smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. Police also said Sloan was unstable on her feet, had bloodshot eyes and also smelled of alcohol. Both refused to give identification or state who they were.

Roberts was placed under arrest for intoxication, and would not obey officer’s directions to place his hands behind his back. Officers were able to handcuff him; however, Sloan then ran at officers and attempted to get them to release Roberts. Officer Kevin Lukan was pushed, causing him to have injury to his hands and knees, police said. Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said the injuries were minor, and he was not transported to a hospital.

Authorities said Sloan resisted and struggled with officers while being placed under arrested, and used pepper spray to gain compliance. She was eventually handcuffed, and the pair were taken to the Linn County Jail.

Sloan could face assault on a peace officer, operating while intoxicated and interference with official acts charges. Roberts could face intoxication and interference with officials acts charges.

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