NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty police officer was injured during a car chase in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 25.
Around 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, North Liberty police officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Lance Robinson, 38, of North Liberty. Robinson refused to stop for the officers and a pursuit ensued. The pursued vehicle traveled south to Commerce Drive in Coralville and returned to North Liberty via Highway 965. The subject was stopped in the area of Hawkeye Drive and Highway 965.
According to police reports, it took five police officers to bring Robinson under control and into custody. Robinson was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
During the pursuit, a North Liberty police car driven struck a pole near the corner of Front and Walnut streets in North Liberty, and the vehicle burst into flames. Officer Tyson Lansgard was able to remove himself from the burning car, but did receive injuries during the incident. He was treated at the University Hospital and released in fair condition.
“Officer Landsgard will be off duty for awhile, but we hope to have him back on light duty soon,” said North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin. The police car is reportedly destroyed.
Robinson is charged with numerous violations, including Operating While Intoxicated and felony eluding. The incident remains under investigation, and Warkentin said no further information was available at press time.
Assisting the North Liberty Police Department in the incident were the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, police departments from Coralville and University Heights, and the Iowa State Patrol.