Former Spirit Lake Police Chief Lawless in jail

Patrick S. LawlessFormer Spirit Lake Police Chief, Patrick S. Lawless, 42, has been arrested and is facing a felony charge of aggravated battery as well as a misdemeanor charge for stalking his ex-girlfriend.

According to court documents Lawless rammed his black Dodge pickup into the back of the car his pregnant ex-girlfriend was in. Authorities believe Lawless followed his ex-girlfriend to a house she and her current boyfriend were considering to buy and then rammed their car at a high rate of speed.

Lawless resigned from his police chief position amid a sexual harassment lawsuit. Click here for the rest of the story.

On Friday, Lawless made his first court appearance on a charge of domestic violence inflicting traumatic injury. A judge set his bond at $50,000 and issued a no-contact order to protect his ex-girlfriend. The charge stems from an incident where Lawless allegedly bit his ex-girlfriend.

(story: Nichole Mischke, KHQ Right Now Reporter, and Adam Mayer,; photo:

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