Police say Maquoketa man hit two police cars while driving drunk

Published: July 2 2012 | 7:12 am - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 9:10 pm in

A Maquoketa man is accused of interference with official acts and operating while intoxicated after police say he side-swiped two squad cars and almost hit an officer on a bicycle.

Complaints said Andrew V. Lange, 22, was traveling north on the 100 block of  South Linn Street in a red smart car when he veered into a line of squad cars that were parked on the block for an investigation involving an assault. Police said Lange did not have the headlights turned on, and the car did not have a license plate. Reports also said an officer on a bicycle had to jump out of the way to prevent being struck by Lange's car.

When the car was stopped, police said Lange struggled and had to be physically removed from the car. Complaints said it took several officers to move him into the police car and one officer injured his wrist in the incident.

The complaint said Lange also appeared to be intoxicated and disoriented, and that he thought he was in Afghanistan and the police officers were Al Qaeda. He refused testing.

Interference with official acts causing bodily injury is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in jail and a maximum fine of $6,250. Operating while intoxicated is a serious misdemeanor, punishable by punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,250.

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