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Tyler Oleson, drummer for recently reformed hardcore band Modern Life is War, was arrested Saturday night for “basically flipping off” a police officer and leading police on a short chase that resulted in a collision with a squad car.
The Des Moines Register reports that:
“The incident began Saturday night when Oleson, who was driving alongside a marked patrol car on Center Street, “basically flipped off the officer,” said Marshalltown police Sgt. Melinda Ruopp.
The officer ignored the gesture, but Oleson stayed next to the patrol car and tried to run it off the road, Ruopp said.
“It was like he wanted our attention,” Ruopp said, “so he got it.”
When the officer got behind Oleson to stop him, Oleson slammed on the brakes in front of the officer, who avoided a collision. Oleson then took off, starting the short car chase around 9:20 p.m.
A few minutes later, Oleson stopped and tried to back up into a squad car, but missed. He then slammed on his brakes again in front of another squad car, which struck the back of Oleson’s car, Ruopp said. The chase ended around 9:23 p.m. about two miles from where it began. The collision caused mostly cosmetic damage to the vehicle, said Marshalltown police Sgt. Kiel Stevenson.
Oleson then got out of the car and took off by foot. Officers chased him and used a taser to get him into custody.”
There has been no official response from the band at this point.
Updates will be provided when they become available.
For the full article from the Des Moines Register go here.