Public Safety

Man rammed police car, injuring two officers, before leading police on a vehicle pursuit

Police said the man was caught stealing a cart full of items

Charles Ford
Charles Ford

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 51-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after he tried to steal a cart full of items from Walmart in northeast Cedar Rapids and rammed a police squad car, injuring two officers, police said.

Charles Ford assaulted a loss prevention officer as he tried to leave with the cart, according to Cedar Rapids police.

When officers arrived, Ford was driving erratically around the Walmart parking lot, ramming concrete posts before ramming the squad car and merging on to Interstate 380 South.

Police gave chase, following Ford as he exited at Seventh Street SE and proceeded on First Avenue East before turning into the Wellington Heights neighborhood.

The chase ended in the 2200 block of Grande Avenue, police said, when Ford drove his vehicle into the side of a garage.

Police said Ford was combative when taken into custody. Ford has an active warrant in addition to the likely new theft, evading and interference charges.

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