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Vehicle fled hit-and-run in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are looking for the vehicle that hit a man and fled the scene in Des Moines, Iowa.

Des Moines emergency responders found the pedestrian with critical injuries when they arrived at the scene at about 9:12 p.m. Thursday. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died of those injuries. the Des Moines Police Department said in a news release.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a dark- colored, SUV-style vehicle. Evidence indicates it will have front-end damage, including a broken headlamp.

Iowa reports 37 more virus deaths

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa on Friday reported that 37 people died of the coronavirus in the past day.

The state Department of Public Health said the additional deaths bring the total who have died of COVID-19 in Iowa to 2,349.

In the past 24 hours as of Friday morning, there were 1,266 new confirmed cases.

Iowa has long had some of the nation’s highest coronavirus infection rates, but in the past week its numbers have improved slightly. The state now has the nation’s fourth-highest number of new cases per capita in the last 14 days.

In the last week, one in every 145 people in Iowa was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Man in custody after two state car chase

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Bellevue, Nebraska, man is jailed after a lengthy chased that crossed back and forth across the Iowa-Nebraska line.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the 34-year-old suspect is accused of a long list of crimes, including reckless driving and possession of methamphetamine. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has been charged.

The chase began shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday when Council Bluff, Iowa, officers stopped a Chevrolet Silverado, but the driver took off on Interstate 480 and drove into Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol says the truck reached speeds of more than 100 mph.

The truck later turned east on Interstate 80 and crossed back into Iowa, where Council Bluffs police picked up the pursuit again, deploying spike strips, but the truck headed back to Nebraska.

In Omaha, troopers pulled in front of the truck and the driver got out and tried to run but was caught.

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