Police Officer Injured in Scuffle with Alleged Drunk Driver

Jevon Polo (WHO-HD)

Jevon Polo (WHO-HD)

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A West Des Moines police officer was injured during an encounter with a man accused of driving drunk with his two kids in his car.

33-old Jevon Polo now faces several charges in connection with the incident.

The officer was driving home from work around 5:00 p.m. when he noticed a car driving erratically on Valley West Drive.  After noticing the car ran through a stop sign the officer began following and called in to dispatch to report the driver.

The car stopped at a parking lot in the 4000 block of Woodland Avenue where the officer made contact with the driver, Polo. Police say he got out of the car but failed to comply with what the officer was telling him to do and began scuffling with the officer.

When back-up officers arrived they found Polo holding the officer in choke hold.  After separating the men Polo was taken into custody.

A police report says the officer suffered a broken leg.

Polo was charged with assault on an officer causing injury, OWI, open container, and child endangerment.  He is ordered to not make contact with his two children who were in the backseat of his car.