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Rockford man arrested for repeatedly ramming car into police


The Rockford Police Department says officers have arrested a man who reportedly ran his pickup truck into a police car early this morning in Rockford.

Just after 2:15 a.m., two Rockford Police squad cars were investigating a crash in the 3900 block of Linden Road. Both cars had emergency lights flashing when a Chevrolet Silverado rear-ended one of the squad cars. Two officers happened to be inside when the Silverado hit it. the force of the collision shattered the back window and shoved the officers forward from their seats. The Silverado continued to accelerate after the collision.

The pickup then backed up, allowing the officers to leave the squad car, then rammed the squad car two more times.  The driver, 31-year-old Austin Ferge, finally stopped and he was taken into custody by officers.

Ferge, who police say claims to be an admitted member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, is now charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, criminal damage to property, driving under the influence of alcohol, and resisting arrest.

Both officers were transported to a local hospital where they were treated and released for their injuries.

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