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BY DI STAFF | JULY 21, 2015 5:00 AM

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‘Artist’ charged with criminal mischief

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of breaking the windows of a van “because he is an artist.”

Eli Hamann, 28, was charged July 18 with second-degree criminal mischief.

According to the Iowa City police, Hamann allegedly broke the windows of a van in an alley.

When police arrived on the scene, Hamann was reportedly found throwing items around.

After being read his Miranda rights, he reportedly admitted to entering the van and taking stuff out, “because he is an artist.”

Hamann denied breaking the windows; a witness identified him being the one to break the glass.

The estimated cost of replacement of the glass is $1,200.

Second-degree criminal mischief is a Class-D felony.

Man charged with sexual abuse

Authorities have accused a man of having sex with a female while she was asleep last October.

James Jerome, 29, was charged Oct. 10, 2014, with third-degree sexual abuse.

According to the Iowa City police, Jerome allegedly began having sexual intercourse with the female while she was asleep.

Jerome says he saw the female with her pants down and felt she looked uncomfortable, so he pulled her pants up for her when she woke up.

He denies having sexual intercourse.

He voluntarily gave oral swabs and DNA was collected from the female’s underwear.

DNA tested from the underwear reportedly matched Jerome’s.

Sexual abuse is a Class-C felony.

Man arrested after allegedly hitting police cars

Authorities have arrested a man accused of hitting an Iowa City and a North Liberty police cruiser and leading officers on a pursuit at a high rate of speed Monday Morning.

According to a police report, while conducting an unrelated traffic stop on Highway 218 just south of the Melrose intersection, a pickup truck and trailer traveling northbound on the highway sideswiped the Iowa City police vehicle conducting the stop. 

The driver continued northbound and refused to stop to an additional Iowa City police officer who turned on his lights and sirens.

North Liberty police were requested for assistance as the vehicle continued northbound at a high rate of speed.

As the vehicle continued, its speed increased considerably and the driver began to swerve severely over the roadway.

An Iowa City police supervisor chose to terminate the pursuit at this time.

As the truck approached North Liberty on Interstate 380 near the 4-mile marker, the driver drove at a high rate of speed into a North Liberty police patrol vehicle parked on the side of the roadway.

This incapacitated the truck and allowed the driver to be taken into custody and transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

No officers were injured in the incident; however, the patrol vehicles suffered damage.

The name of the driver and charges have not been released at this time as the investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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