COUNCIL BLUFFS — Distracted driving involving a hatchet led to a single-vehicle wreck Tuesday night.
A driver in a Chevrolet Impala was southbound on Interstate 29 when he sped up next to a car, turned on his dome light and flashed a hatchet while staring at the other driver, Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said.
Shortly thereafter, the Impala driver lost control of his vehicle and entered the median ditch, getting stuck.
The driver said occupants of the other car had thrown trash at his car, so he sped up and threw trash and flashed the hatchet, Danker said. The driver and a passenger also told deputies they were on their way to a meth party.
Asked why he wrecked, Danker said, the driver reported “he wasn’t focused on the road and was driving like a maniac.”
The driver also told deputies he hadn’t been drinking or doing drugs.
The driver was taken to the Pottawattamie County Jail, where he submitted to a drug test.
No charges have been filed, pending the results of a toxicology report, Danker said.
— World-Herald News Service