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Nebraska man charged after wrong-way Iowa interstate crash

Posted at 2:35 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 15:35:21-05

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Nebraska man who allegedly drove the wrong-way on Interstate 29 in Iowa and crashed into a sports utility vehicle.

Nickolas Kevin Diediker, 32, of Concord, is accused of driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-29 around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Sioux City Journal.

Authorities say Diediker collided with an SUV nearly head-on and continued driving in the wrong direction. The SUV driver was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A Sioux City police officer on his way home from a night shift reportedly spotted the pickup running into a concrete barrier before turning back northbound on the interstate with its headlights off. The officer relayed what he saw to on-duty officers, and police eventually stopped the vehicle.

Diediker is charged with operating while under the influence, felony eluding, leaving the scene of an injury accident and other charges.

Online court records did not list an attorney.