Public Safety

Cedar Rapids man arrested after hit-and-run involving stolen vehicle

CEDAR RAPIDS — Police arrested a Cedar Rapids man last week after a hit-and-run at Interstate 380 North and Blairs Ferry Road NE involving a stolen vehicle.

Officers responded at 6:40 a.m. Friday to the Days Inn at 2215 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE for reports of a hit-and-run, according to the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

The caller, police said, reported the suspect was inside one of the hotel rooms.

The vehicle involved in the hit-and-run was a 2008 Buick Lucerne, which was reported stolen from Five Seasons Auto Rebuilders, 5913 16th Ave. SW, police said.

Investigators obtained a warrant for the hotel room and took Zachariah M. Schminkey, 32, into custody.

Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said investigators still are trying to determine whether Schminkey was the driver involved in the hit-and-run. However, Schminkey is believed to be a suspect in the vehicle theft.

Police said the Buick was taken from a parking lot about 8:40 p.m. Nov. 6. Investigators believe Schminkey took the keys from the counter of Five Seasons Auto Rebuilders earlier that day, returned to the lot and stole the Buick, which police said belonged to a customer.

Schminkey faces a charge of second-degree theft.

Buelow said additional charges are possible in the ongoing investigation. The vehicle theft investigation also remains open, Buelow said, as officials are working to determine whether other suspects were involved.

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