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Muscatine Power and Water crews repair traffic lights at the intersection of Highway 61 and Park Avenue after the utilities were damaged in a high speed chase Friday with police and a man wanted on warrants.

MUSCATINE — A high speed chase through Muscatine on Friday morning resulted in injuries to two sheriff's deputies, plus the driver who was fleeing from police.

Around 9:30 a.m. Friday, Muscatine County Sheriff deputies attempted to stop a red 2001 Ford truck at the intersection of Mulberry Road and 155th Street, north of Muscatine, according to a news release. The vehicle, driven by Rusty Wayne Wadden, 29, was observed speeding. 

Wadden was known to be wanted on warrants, according to the sheriff's office.

Wadden failed to yield to the deputies and the pursuit entered the city of Muscatine at Highway 38 and Highway 61, with Wadden driving in excess of 100 mph. While traveling southbound on the highway, Wadden struck a sheriff's squad car in the 2600 block of Park Avenue, also damaging stoplights at the intersection.

The pursuit continued through Muscatine, with Wadden traveling around 80 mph, then ended in the 200 block of Roscoe Avenue, where Wadden's truck collided with another sheriff's vehicle, as well as a retaining wall, according to a news release.

Both Wadden and the sheriff's deputy involved in the crash on Roscoe Avenue were transported to UnityPoint-Trinity Hospital Muscatine. The deputy suffered minor injuries and has been released, but he was not cleared to return to work, according to the sheriff's office.

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At this time, the sheriff's office said Wadden has not been released from medical treatment. The deputy from the first crash on Park Avenue was treated and released for minor injuries, but remained on duty.

Police said Wadden has a nationwide felony bench warrant for parole violation, with no bond, and for burglary in the 3rd degree and theft in the 2nd degree. Muscatine County has another warrant for Wadden for possession of marijuana, with $2,000 bond.

Additional charges will be pending as a result of the chase Friday, according to the news release.

Muscatine Power and Water Spokeswoman Erika Cox said crews set up a generator and had traffic lights at U.S. 61 and Park Avenue running before 11 a.m. Friday. She said "there will be quite a bit of work to replace the transformer."

Muscatine County Sheriff C.J. Ryan released a statement after the incidents.

"It is unfortunate that we have to deal with individuals that have no regard for the law, or person's lives or property," Ryan said. "The operation of the vehicle by Mr. Wadden today puts people at great risk, and we make every attempt to end those situations as quickly as possible."

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