Omaha man arrested for ramming CBPD cruiser, trying to flee from arrest

Photo: Council Bluffs Police Department

(Council Bluffs, IA) -- An Omaha man is behind bars in Council Bluffs, accused of backing into a Council Bluffs Police cruiser and trying to flee during an arrest.

The Council Bluffs Police Department says 26 year old Anthony David Martinez was arrested Friday on multiple charges including assault on persons engaged in certain occupations. CBRD says officers were called to Park Ave. around 3:30 Friday afternoon for a car alarm sounding. Once on the scene, officers say they located a parked car with heavily tinted windows and discovered a male party, Martinez, in the vehicle.

Police say officers told Martinez to get out of the vehicle and he instead started the car, backed up into a police cruiser, and fled. Investigators say one officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the fleeing vehicle. CBPD says Martinez then fled down Park Ave, hit another vehicle traveling eastbound, did a 180-degree spin, lost a tire and got wedged against a fence.

As more officers arrived, commands were given for Martinez to exit the vehicle. According to reports, Martinez then climbed out of the driver’s side window and fled on foot towards Broadway St. Police say they caught him in the 100 block of Broadway and located a loaded handgun in Martinez’s waistband.

Officers reported no injuries during the arrest.

Martinez is a convicted felon and currently has a valid felony warrant through Colorado. Police report the charges that Martinez was booked on are:

  • Assault on Persons Engaged in Certain Occupations
  • Carrying Weapons
  • Criminal Mischief - 3rd Degree
  • Fugitive from Justice
  • Interference with Official Acts
  • Possession of Firearm by Felon
  • Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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