CEDAR RAPIDS — Deputies in Linn County needed to chase down a rubbish truck Monday after it rear-ended a automobile and stored driving, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
The hit-and-run crash occurred on U.S. Freeway 30 in Cedar Rapids when a Toyota Corolla, pushed by Gary Sams of Anamosa, slowed for a funeral procession on Freeway 30 close to Knapp Street. The automotive was struck from behind by a refuse truck pushed by Robert Truax, 61, of Marion, in keeping with the Linn County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Maj. Chad Colston of sheriff’s workplace mentioned it seems Truax tried to swerve to keep away from hitting the Corolla, clipping the passenger automotive’s again finish earlier than driving into the median after which again onto the roadway.
Colston mentioned the truck belongs to A-1 Disposal Companies Inc., the place Truax is employed.
A consultant at A-1 Disposal declined to touch upon the incident or the standing of Truax’s employment.
Sams was transported to a hospital for remedy of non-life-threatening accidents, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
Colston mentioned the truck driver tried to proceed driving on Freeway 30 till he was stopped by deputies who have been at visitors management posts for the funeral procession.
Truax was taken into custody below suspicion of driving whereas intoxicated.
Colston mentioned Traux advised the officers “he thought he prevented an accident by taking the median.”
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On the Linn County Correctional Middle, Truax refused to take a Breathalyzer check, in keeping with the felony grievance.
He faces one rely of working a motorized vehicle whereas below the affect of an alcoholic beverage, second offense. The grievance states Truax beforehand was convicted of OWI on Dec. 13, 2012.
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