Driver arrested after hit and run that injured man in southwest Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids police made an arrest Wednesday in a hit-and-run investigation that left a man hospitalized.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said officers were called to Plumb Supply, 4700 J St. SW, at 4:04 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a pedestrian hit by a U-Haul pickup.

Buelow said officers determined that 35-year-old Jonathan A. Callanan, no permanent address, was inside the truck that was allegedly involved in a theft at Plumb Supply. Police said Plumb Supply employees confronted Callanan and asked him to remain on the scene until police could arrive.

Buelow said Callanan instead fled from the property. While doing so, he drove through a fence, which hit an employee who was standing on the other side of a chain link gate. The employee, a 45-year-old man, was treated at the scene and taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to be treated for serious — not non-life threatening — injuries, Buelow said.

A description of Callanan and the U-Haul truck was sent out to officers, Buelow said. Police located the truck — which had been damaged during the hit-and-run — on Aossey Lane SW and later found Callanan in the 200 block of Wilson Avenue SW. Callanan was arrested and faces charges of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and driving while barred.

Buelow said the investigation into the theft allegations is ongoing.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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