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Accident in Pott. County leads to 3-hours manhunt & 2 arrests


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Council Bluffs, Iowa) – A collision Wednesday evening near Council Bluffs resulted in two people fleeing the scene and their arrest three-hours later, after a manhunt. The Iowa State Patrol reports a 2019 Chevy Corvette driven by 52-year-old Stephen Hakes of Erie, Colorado, was traveling in the right lane at interstate speeds on I-80 near mile marker 9.85.

A 2019 Dodge Durango, driven by 49-year-old William Burch, III, of Hernando, Florida, was traveling at excessive speed and rear-ended that Corvette.The Durango came to rest in front of the car.

When Hakes approached Burch and his passenger in the SUV, both fled the scene. Authorities say the Durango was confirmed stolen. After an extensive search for the occupants of the SUV, the passenger, 45-year-old Shyla Solar, of Hernado, FL, and Hakes, were transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital, in Council Bluffs, with Solar being transported by Underwood Rescue, and Hakes transported by Council Bluffs Police.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies assisted in handling the incident.