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On Monday, October 12, at approximately 6:34 a.m. Cedar Rapids Police Officer Jonathan McDowell struck a light pole in the median near E. 4th Street and S. 8th Avenue in Vinton.

Officer McDowell was not injured, but the police vehicle sustained significant damage. The accident was investigated by the Vinton Police Department.

McDowell is assigned as a School Resource Officer at a Cedar Rapids high school. He is provided a vehicle to respond directly to the school each day.

Residents say that this is not the first time that this light has been hit.

Special thanks to AB and VK for assistance with this story as well as the CRPD.

Photo by Steve Spencer



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