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Driver ‘tours’ backyards in Wayland

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News | Oct 06, 2017

WAYLAND — Henry County law enforcement officials still are looking for answers as to why a driver became unconscious Oct. 4 while operating a vehicle and causing over $21,000 in damage to structures in Wayland.

According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Tanner Pace, no address disclosed, was westbound on Iowa Highway 78 approaching the city limits of Wayland. At some point, he became unconscious and when he came to, he had driven about 100 yards through backyards belonging to residents who live on East Railroad Street.

Pace first went off the roadway on the south side of the road striking a utility shed in the backyard at 410 East Railroad Street. The shed was declared a total loss with an estimated cost of $6,000 to replace it.

He continued west through backyards, striking and causing severe damage to a block fire pit in the backyard of 408 E. Railroad St. Cost was estimated at $500 to replace the fire pit.

Pace’s vehicle finally was stopped when it struck a garage belonging to a residence at 406 Railroad Street. The garage, with an estimated value of $15,000, was considered a total loss.

Following the incidents, Pace was transported to the Washington County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained during the accident. He was given the standardized field sobriety test and passed. Deputies say it still is unclear what caused Pace to become unconscious.

A police K-9 was brought to the scene and marijuana residue was located in the vehicle. A can or air duster also was located in the vehicle.

Pace’s vehicle suffered disabling damage and considered a total loss with damage estimated at $9,500. He was issued citations for failure to maintain control and failure to maintain or use a safety belt.

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