URBANDALE, Iowa - Urbandale police have arrested a suspect who they say assaulted an officer Thursday morning with pepper spray.
At approximately 5:10 a.m. an Urbandale police officer responded to an accident report near the intersection of Aurora Avenue and Merle Hay Road. The officer located a vehicle matching the description given by the individual who reported the accident, and stopped the vehicle near the 4700 block of Merle Hay Road. During the stop, the suspect took out pepper spray and sprayed the officer before fleeing the scene.
The suspect, 25-year-old Brandon Bordinat, was apprehended by Urbandale police Thursday evening. He faces three charges: Assault on a police officer with a weapon (Class D Felony), interference with official acts resulting in injury (Aggravated Misdemeanor), and interference with official acts using a deadly weapon (Class D Felony). Bordinat is also listed on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry from previous criminal charges.
Urbandale police say it was a shock to deal with an assault on an officer so soon after losing a member of the force to an assault earlier this year.
"Obviously, we take this very seriously," said Sgt. Chad Underwood with Urbandale PD. "This is an assault on a police officer. We take those extremely seriously, especially after what we've been through this year."