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MASON CITY | An Iowa State Patrol trooper was hurt Tuesday while chasing a Manly man who had drugs, court documents say. 

The trooper about 8:44 p.m. Tuesday observed a 2008 red Dodge Charger northbound on South Madison Avenue that failed to stop at a stop sign at First Street Southwest, according to court documents. 

Before he could stop the vehicle, the driver pulled into a residence. The trooper waited for a few minutes and, after the car took off, stopped the driver for traveling over the speed limit and having a brake light out, court document say. 

Eric Deonte Sombright, 26, was the driver, according to court documents.

“As I was waiting for the driver to provide a driver's license, I noticed an overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle,” the trooper wrote in the criminal complaint. “I asked the driver to have a seat on the passenger side of my patrol car.”

Once Sombright got out of the vehicle, court documents say he took off running after looking at the trooper. 

The trooper chased Sombright through multiple yards and over multiple fences, during which he hurt his right knee and punctured his left palm, court documents say. 

Sombright was caught and arrested by another responding officer. He was later taken to the hospital for unspecified injuries. His jail mugshot shows a bandage on his forehead, above his right eye. 

After following footprints in the fresh snow, deputies located suspected marijuana believed to belong to Sombright, court documents said, which noted there was "fresh blood on the package."

The trooper was taken to the hospital, where he received a stitch in his palm to close the puncture wound. 

Court documents said the suspected marijuana weighed at least 42.5 grams, reaching the level of a charge for failure to affix a drug tax stamp. 

Sombright has also been charged with:

  • Felony controlled substance violation with intent to deliver.
  • Misdemeanor interference with official acts - bodily injury.
  • Driving under suspension.
  • Driving while license denied, suspended or cancelled.
  • Failure to obey a stop or yield sign.

Sombright was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail Tuesday and has since been released on house arrest. 

He is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Feb. 27. 

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