BURLINGTON, Iowa (KWQC) – Police have made an arrest following a crash and a scuffle with the driver who was said to be armed with a handgun. According to a release on the Burlington Police Facebook page, it happened after a crash at Spruce and S. 9th St. around 8:35 a.m. on Thurs., Dec. 1, 2016.
Police say one of the vehicles involved had been spotted minutes earlier driving erratically in the south hill neighborhood. That’s when an officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle, which was several blocks ahead, as it ran the stop sign at Spruce and S. 9th Street and collided with a truck.
Police say the suspicious vehicle left the roadway and collided with a light pole in the parking lot at a grocery store on Angular Street. As the officer arrived at the crash scene, the driver was attempting to climb out of the window armed with a handgun. The officer gave verbal commands and physically struggled with the suspect and was able to take him into custody with the help of two citizens at the scene.
A loaded handgun was recovered at the scene and is being checked to see if it may have been linked to any other criminal activity.
Police arrested 21-year-old Antoine Lamon Tellis of Burlington. He faces several charges, including possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, carrying weapons, eluding, reckless driving and driving under suspension.
He was taken to a Burlington hospital for treatment of injuries he receiving during the accident. He was treated and taken to the Des Moines County Jail. The driver of the truck involved in the accident was treated at the scene but not taken to the hospital.