Des Moines man arrested in cement truck hit and run

DES MOINES, Iowa-   Des Moines Police have arrested 37-year-old Randy Paul Hofer of Des Moines, who's accused of stealing a cement truck, running two red lights, hitting a van, and then slamming the truck into a house today (Thursday) near the intersection of Martin Luther King and Cottage Grove.

Hofer is facing a long list of charges including:  Theft, Criminal Mischief, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Driving While Suspended, Failure to Maintain Control, Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device (two counts), Assault on a Police Officer, and Interference with Official Acts Causing Injury.   Police say Hofer put up a pretty big fight when officers found him, and it took several officers to take him into custody.

Police say the truck had been stolen from Housby Mach on NE 14th Street.

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DES MOINES, Iowa-  A woman at home eating her lunch was interrupted today by a cement truck that slammed into her house, near Martin Luther King and Cottage Grove.

Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parezik tells WHO Radio News witnesses say they saw the driver of a cement truck southbound on Martin Luther King, run two red lights, then hit a blue van, before slamming into a home just southwest of the intersection of Martin Luther King and Cottage Grove,  just north of Woodland Cemetery.

Police say the driver of the van suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a Des Moines Hospital.  The woman was one of two people in the home at the time, neither were injured.

The driver of the cement truck left the scene.  Hours later, police arrested a man fitting the suspect's description, near 63rd Street and University Avenue. 



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