Driver fights off three cops before collapsing along I-80

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A driver somehow managed to fight off three police officers during a struggle that lasted nearly 15 minutes along Interstate 80 near West Branch.

It started when troopers got a call about a semi being driven erratically on eastbound I-80 just after 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014, according to KCRG.

Troopers pulled over the semi at mile marker 257, just east of West Branch.

The driver reportedly became combative, and two troopers at the traffic stop could not calm him down.

What happened instead was a physical confrontation along the side of the interstate between the driver, two troopers and the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy.

The struggle lasted 13 minutes before the driver finally agreed to be restrained.

Then he went “unresponsive,” the report said. The two troopers performed CPR, and the driver was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Iowa City.

A spokesman for Iowa State Police said the driver’s actions, and evidence in his truck, pointed to the possibility that the driver was under the influence of a narcotic drug.

The driver’s name was not yet released.


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