A southern Iowa man was arrested Saturday after deliberately striking a pickup truck on the interstate and then mounting sustained resistance to his detainment by law enforcement.
Brandon Nicholas Carroll, 30, of 405 W. Ames St., Russell, Iowa, was charged with first-degree harassment, disarming a peace officer, assault-use/display of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal mischief, failure to maintain control and reckless driving.
The incident began shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday at the 104 mile marker of U.S. Interstate 80 near Earlham, where Dallas County Deputy Sheriffs responded to a report that a vehicle “intentionally struck another vehicle” and the driver “was striking vehicles with a knife and waving it around,” according to court records.
made contact “admitted to intentionally striking another vehicle in an attempt to stop him from harming law enforcement officers.”
Deputies arrived and made contact with Carroll, who said he was “driving on the interstate” in his 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser “when he saw a Ford F150 attempt to run law enforcement off the road,” and so he “decided to ram into the F150 at a high rate of speed to stop him,” according to court records.
The victim, a male from Portland, Oregon, in the Ford pickup truck, said Carroll “attempted to run him off the road several times before striking his vehicle” and then “after getting out, struck his vehicle with a knife,” according to court records.
After Carroll was placed in handcuffs, he allegedly “became combative and fought” and “made several threatening statements” to the deputies, according to court records. Radio traffic at the time of the incident indicated that Carroll had to be assisted to the ground by the deputies in the ditch along the interstate.
In the struggle, Carroll allegedly “grabbed at” a deputy’s “firearm on multiple occasions after being given commends to not reach for” the firearm, and he allegedly “stated multiple times, ‘I am going to kill you,'” according to court records.
After he was secured in a patrol vehicle, Carroll kicked both rear doors of the vehicle “so hard that the doors have a one-inch separation from the frame of the vehicle,” according to court records.
Carroll was transported to MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines for a medical evaluation and “while being transferred to another bed,” he allegedly “attempted to grab and lower the hood on” another deputy’s “firearm holster,” after which he was “placed back in handcuffs and secured to a hospital bed,” according to court records.
Carroll is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $10,429.13 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance Sunday in Dallas County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is innocent until and unless proven guilty.