(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Council Bluffs Police Department is searching for a man who struck a Council Bluffs Police officer after stealing a vehicle from Omaha Tuesday night.
At approximately 11:00 p.m. four officers with the Council Bluffs Police Department were attempting to deploy stop sticks near the intersection of North Broadway and Coit Road. Deputies with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office were in pursuit of a vehicle traveling southbound on Highway 183. The Sheriff’s Department terminated their pursuit and Council Bluffs Officers were in the process of retrieving their stop sticks when they observed the run vehicle traveling toward them at a high rate of speed. The driver of the vehicle swerved around the stop sticks and toward two Council Bluffs officers, forcing them to dive out of the way. One of the Officers, 40 year old Troy McIntosh, was struck in the right hip by the passenger side front bumper of the suspect vehicle. The force of the collision threw Officer McIntosh into a utility pole. He was treated at a local hospital for bruises and abrasions and was released a short time later.
After striking Officer McIntosh, the suspect vehicle fled westbound onto Coit Road. Officers located the vehicle abandoned in the 1800 block of Grand Avenue. The vehicle had been reported stolen from a gas station in Omaha earlier in the evening.
The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 30 years of age, average height with a slender build, short light brown hair, a thin beard, wearing a white tank top, jeans and gray shoes. The suspect may have a tattoo on his back and possibly one on his chest.
The vehicle that was stolen was a black 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe. The vehicle is being processed for evidence by the Council Bluffs Police Department.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call 328-STOP or 328-4728.
(Photo of a hat found near the suspect vehicle)