Police car lightsA western Iowa man was arrested after allegedly taking a forklift and trying to ram a police car this morning.

Police in Council Bluffs say 39-year old Michael Lynn Burgess, of Council Bluffs, took the construction-type forklift from Midwest Walnut. The incident began at around 9:20 A.M.

Council Bluffs Police Officer Ron Branigan saw the forklift and followed it. Burgess saw the officer and turned the machine around in an attempt to ram the police cruiser. Both times the man tried to ram the car, the officer managed to evade him.

When the forklift was surround by police in the area of South 12th Street and 5th Avenue, Burgess surrendered without further incident. He was brought to the Pottawattamie County Jail. Burgess was charged with first-degree theft, assault on a police officer with a dangerous weapon, and leaving the scene of an accident.

(Reporting by Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic)