Car smashes into Bettendorf street light pole following chase

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- A driver that police say ran into squad cars on purpose during a chase wound up hitting a street light pole near Interstate 74.

Police were called after a vehicle was reportedly hit by gunfire in Rock Island Thursday night, July 4.  According to a statement from the City of Bettendorf, someone in a tan 2003 Chevy Impala fired at the vehicle.   The two vehicles were following each other from Moline into Bettendorf across Interstate 74.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m., police said they saw the Chevy Impala near 53rd Street and Utica Ridge Road.  Officials said that's where a chase started.  The Chevy was chased south on Utica Ridge Rd., east onto Spruce Hills Drive, and south on 18th Street into the downtown area.

According to the city's statement, the Chevy "was intentionally trying to strike" the Iowa State Police and Bettendorf Police Department's squad cars.

In the downtown area, an Iowa State trooper "made intentional contact with the fleeing vehicle" in the 1800 block of State Street, which is near the Waterfront Convention Center.  That contact caused the Chevy Impala to spin and then the driver was heading the wrong way down State Street where it stopped.

Police found a handgun inside the Chevy Impala and arrested the two people inside.

According to the statement, 29-year-old Ammanda Kaye Medina was driving and 28-year-old Darrell Kenneth Holloway was the passenger.  Both were booked into the Scott County Jail.

Medina was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer with attempt to cause serious injury, driving the wrong way, eluding, obedience to police officers, and speeding.

Holloway was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, carrying weapons, and warrant apprehension for aggravated domestic battery out of Rock Island County.

There were no injuries to officers or any other drivers on the road.

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