A Council Bluffs Police officer is recovering after narrowly escaping the path of a stolen vehicle Tuesday night.
Capt. Todd Weddum said Officer Troy McIntosh was grazed by a stolen vehicle as the driver attempted to elude law enforcement. McIntosh was jumping out of the way of the vehicle when the front of the vehicle struck his back side, spinning him into a roadside ditch where he hit a utility pole.
The driver of the vehicle was not apprehended.
Weddum said the chase started north of Crescent where Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle reported stolen in Omaha around 10:30 p.m. As the pursuit continued south on Old Lincoln Highway, Weddum said, three CBPD officers set up to use stopsticks to slow the vehicle down near Coit Road on the northern edge of the city limits.
As the pursuit reached Coit Road, the vehicle swerved right to turn up the road and was heading right toward McIntosh. McIntosh sustained scrapes and bruises and was treated and released from the hospital Tuesday night.
Weddum said the vehicle continue westbound on Coit Road to Grand Avenue, where it turned south. The vehicle was abandoned near the intersection of Buena Vista Drive and Grand Avenue.
“We checked the area for an hour-and-a-half with police dogs and a helicopter, but we never located a suspect,” he said.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (712) 328-STOP. Callers may remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward.