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Two Council Bluffs Police officers injured overnight

Posted at 8:23 AM, Feb 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-13 09:33:59-05

Two Council Bluffs Police officers were injured in two separate incidents early Tuesday morning. 

The first occurred just after midnight when an officer approached a male suspect in a vehicle who was believed to have warrants. According to a release, the officer opened the door of the car after making contact with the driver, but the door was immediately shut and the driver drove the car in reverse with the officer's hand trapped in the door. The officer was drug 20 or 30 feet before freeing himself, but he managed to stay on his feet while he was stuck.  

The officer suffered minor injuries to his leg and returned to duty. The suspect vehicle is a 2000's Chevy Tahoe and is driven by a white male in his early to mid-20's, the driver is believed to have gone into Nebraska. 

The second incident occurred a little before 3 a.m. when a vehicle with stolen plates attempted to flee a traffic stop. 

After a pursuit that went through Crescent and Council Bluffs, the vehicle was abandoned and the suspect fled on foot and was apprehended after a short pursuit.

Joshua Leroux, 33, was charged with possession of stolen vehicle, possession of stolen license plates, felon in possession of a firearm and felony eluding with injury. He also had outstanding warrants in Kansas. 

One officer suffered minor injuries during the foot pursuit.