Man in Custody After Striking Two Men While Driving Truck at Highland Park Little League

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- One man is in custody after striking two men with his truck Sunday at Highland Park Little League.

At approximately 9 a.m., Polk County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the little league located at 4700 Northwest Morningstar Drive in Des Moines in reference to an accident involving a truck that had collided with a concession stand.

The president of the little league witnessed the event. Brent Stanton said the driver of the truck was driving close to 40 miles per hours and was intentionally trying to hit people.

"I was up here getting equipment ready to start working the fields and everything went crazy," he said. "He ran over a gentleman then crashed through the fence and lost control, then crashed into the concession stand."

Stanton added the Steamfitters union rented out the ball fields the on Saturday night but when they came back Sunday morning to clean up is when the incident took place.

While responding to the scene, deputies discovered that the truck hit two men before colliding into the concession stand. Several fences and bleachers are also damaged.

"It's frustrating for us because we are trying to make this a better ballpark. This year has not been a good year. We got broken into and they stole a ton of equipment, now there is this," Stanton said.

The driver of the truck was seen walking in the middle of Morningstar Drive away from the scene. When deputies approached the suspect, he began fighting with officers.

With the assistance of the Iowa State Patrol and the Des Moines Police Department, deputies were able to take the man into custody. The driver was transported to a hospital to be examined.

One victim was treated and released at the scene, while the other victim remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are currently investigating this incident. Due to the continuing investigation, no further details are available at this time.

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