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Children injured when man backs over playhouse

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 21, 2011 7:20 AM

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A West Branch man was arrested after he allegedly drove over a playhouse, injuring two young children.

Timothy Patrick Cahill, 50, was charged Sunday with driving while revoked.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers were dispatched to 5535 340 St. N.E. after receiving reports of a fight.

The report said an investigation concluded the fight occurred because Cahill had backed his RV over a plastic playhouse in which a 2- and 5-year-old were playing.

The playhouse reportedly collapsed on the children, but Cahill allegedly kept backing up until his RV was over the playhouse. The children suffered minor injuries, and witnesses told police Cahill was intoxicated at the time. Witnesses also told police Cahill drove away after the alleged incident.

Police said the defendant’s license was revoked from May 2006 until March 2012.

Driving while revoked is a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.

— by Brian Albert


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