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Iowa City man nearly hits squad car, clips home; now facing OWI charge

Police find suspect hiding behind garage

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IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man earned this fourth drunken driving arrest Wednesday after nearly hitting a squad car and clipping a house.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, an officer was on patrol on Sandusky Drive around 9:17 p.m. Wednesday when a vehicle sped around an Iowa City Transit bus and nearly hit the officer’s squad car head-on. Police said the officer initiated a traffic stop, but the driver — later identified as 25-year-old Shukuru Ngenda — refused to stop and sped away on Sandusky Drive.

Police said Ngenda’s vehicle hit a small retaining wall at the intersection of Sandusky Drive and Ironwood Circle, struck the corner of a home and came to rest in a yard. Officers found Ngenda hiding behind a garage not far from where his car was found.

After speaking with Ngenda’s sister, police confirmed he was the driver of the car and took him to the police department as he was suspected to be drunk, according to authorities. Police said when they were at the station, they noticed Ngenda showed signs of intoxication and smelled of alcohol.

Ngenda was arrested and faces one count of drunken driving — third or subsequent offense, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Police said Ngenda has prior drunken driving convictions in January and December 2015 and March 2013.

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