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Updated: Scott County deputy suffers minor injuries after Davenport man crashes his SUV into his cruiser

Updated: Scott County deputy suffers minor injuries after Davenport man crashes his SUV into his cruiser

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Update: Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane said the deputy suffered minor injuries in the crash.

A Davenport man is in custody in Scott County Jail after he allegedly drove his SUV into a Scott County Sheriff deputy's cruiser early Sunday morning.

Ronald Ronnell Hearn, 38, of Davenport, faces Iowa State Patrol charges of:

  • Assault on a police officer while displaying a weapon, a felony
  • Criminal mischief, first-degree, a felony
  • Eluding, a felony
  • and five misdemeanors.

According to the affidavits:

Iowa State Patrol initiated a traffic stop at 1:07 a.m. Sunday after seeing a Chevy Tahoe speeding at about 70 mph westbound on I-74 near the Lincoln Street overpass in Bettendorf. The driver was later identified as Hearn.

He tried to stop the vehicle at exit I-74 at Kimberly Road, but Hearn sped off. A pursuit ensued.

Speeds exceeded 80 mph and Hearn failed to obey traffic signals at multiple intersections, the affidavit says.

Davenport Police joined the pursuit near Brady Street, and the Tahoe continued at speeds over 90 mph to Pine Street.

The Tahoe swerved into private yards and at several Davenport squad cars on 49th Street, avoiding stop sticks and heading northbound on Division Street.

The chase continued in Americana Park neighborhood near 65th Street. "We made multiple laps in the area until intentional vehicle contact was made near the intersection of Western and 65th when the vehicle again swerved toward a deputies (sic) fully marked Scott County cruiser," according to the affidavit.

The Tahoe tried to hit a cruiser again near Division and North Harrison Street 

"The SUV then took off through a yard and drove head-on into a deputies (sic) vehicle while he was sitting inside causing catastrophic damage to the deputies (sic) cruiser." the affidavit says.

The report does not say if the officer was injured. The Scott County Sheriff's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

About a quarter of a mile later, Hearn fled on foot and Iowa State Patrol, Davenport Police and Scott County Sheriff deputies gave chase.

Hearn went into a house in the 6300 block of Western, where he was taken into custody without incident.

He was taken to Genesis East for treatment of injuries from the crash. After release, he was taken to Scott County Jail.

Hearn is on parole until Aug. 17, 2023, for a drug conviction stemming from a 2016 arrest. 

Bettendorf police arrested Hearn on Sept. 8, 2016, for possession with the intent to deliver cocaine base, known as "crack." The charge is a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of 10 years. 

At his arrest, Hearn had in his possession 3.35 grams of crack broken down into 10 individually wrapped packages, according to the arrest affidavit filed by Bettendorf Police St. Joshua Paul. 

On Sept. 12, 2017, Hearn pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced Nov. 9, 2017, to serve three years on supervised probation. 

Hearn violated his probation and on March 21, 2019, he was sentenced to 10 years in the Iowa Department of Corrections. He was paroled from prison on Oct. 15, 2020. 


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