By Julie Ann Madden
A reportedly drunk driver damaged four properties at the intersection of Fifth Street and Iowa Highway 3.
According to Akron police reports, at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Nicholas John Klatt, 33 of Melvin, was driving north of the Akron Fire Station on Iowa Highway 3 when he drove a 1990 Buick Park Avenue into the east ditch, just south of the intersection. Then he drove north across 160th Street, causing the car to strike and destroy the stop sign in Jerry and Jeanette Lias’ yard. Klatt then swerved left crossing Fifth Street where the car struck a utility pole, knocking down a street light, destroying an electrical utility box and damaging a decorative metal business pole in the parking lot of Dave’s Body Shop, owned by Dave and Suzi Rozell of Akron. At this point, the car spun around 360 degrees, then slammed into the shop, damaging the garage door and pushing a stack of tires into the building’s front before coming to a rest against a small trailer.
Part of the town was without electricity for awhile, said Police Chief Kimm Nielsen.
Klatt received injuries but refused treatment and was transported to the Plymouth County Jail. He was charged with Operating a motor vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI) and assault for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
The car, owned by John and Patricia Klatt of Harris, received $5,000 in damages. The City of Akron’s utilities received about $5,000 in damages, Iowa Department of Transportation had $500 in damages, and Dave’s Body Shop’s damage was estimated at $30,000. A parked vehicle in the business parking lot also had its windshield broken in the crash.
The Akron Police Department was assisted by the Akron Ambulance Service, Akron city officials and IDOT officials.