Driver led chase, rammed Soldier cruiser, Iowa police claim

SCOTT COUNTY, Iowa (WHBF) — A 27-year-old East Moline man is in custody after an Iowa State Trooper claims he rammed the trooper’s cruiser head-on during a chase.

Kalin Hawkins faces charges of first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief, assault while participating in a felony and escape; an aggravated charge of possession of a controlled substance; and a felony charge of operating under the influence — first offense, court filings say.

Kalin Hawkins (Scott County Jail inmate list photo.)

According to affidavits, an Iowa State Trooper, along with a Davenport Police Officer, initiated a traffic stop around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

The vehicle was a white Jeep Grand Cherokee with dark window tint and license plates that were returned stolen from Illinois and were not returned to the SUV, affidavits said. When the officer initiated traffic control at Main and Harrison Streets, he was in a fully marked Davenport Police Cruiser and activated his emergency lights, and the officer in a fully marked Iowa State Patrol Cruiser also activated his emergency lights.

The SUV didn’t come to a stop and accelerated south on Harrison Street, actively dodging law enforcement and increasing its speed to over 90 mph in a designated 35-mph zone. A car chase ensued in which the driver – Hawkins – committed multiple traffic violations including failing to obey a traffic control device, unsafe overtaking, unsafe turns, overtaking in a non-overtaking zone, improper lane use, speeding in excess of 25 mph in a construction zone and the failure to use headlights, according to affidavits.

Affidavits said the pursuit ended after the SUV struck the Iowa State Patrol cruiser. The trooper used the PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver to incapacitate the SUV, but Hawkins continued to accelerate forward and ran head-on into the cruiser, earning more than $30,000 for both the cruiser and the jeep.

Hawkins was taken into custody without issue. He smelled strongly of alcohol and marijuana, had bloodshot, tearing eyes; a low, slow speech pattern; delayed response to simple questions; and had open containers of alcohol and marijuana in the vehicle, affidavits said.

The SUV had been reported stolen, according to affidavits from Matteson, Illinois.

Hawkins was read his Miranda rights and agreed to take the horizontal gaze nystagmus test with six resulting clues, affidavits said. Hawkins then declined to take part in further testing but admitted to having consumed alcohol earlier in the evening. He then refused to provide a sample of his breath after his implied consent form was read to him.

Hawkins, who is being held on $35,000 bail, is scheduled to be arraigned in Scott County Court on December 8.