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Arrest made in Waterloo tanker truck crash

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Waterloo Police have arrested and charged a man who hijacked and crashed a fuel tanker truck into a home on Ridgeway Ave. earlier this month.

Dakota David Luck, 25, was arrested and charged Monday after he was released from the hospital where he had been since the August 20 crash that spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel and forced neighbors to evacuate from their homes.

Luck is charged with first-degree theft, simulated explosive violation, possession of marijuana and several other driving violations.

Authorities say Luck was employed at Kwik Trip’s fuel blending facility on Ridgeway Ave. Around 6:15 a.m., officers received a report a man who was acting erratically had crashed a semi cab into a ditch at the facility and then shed his clothing and was running around, records state.

He then allegedly climbed into a semi cab hauling a tanker with more than 7,600 gallons of biodiesel and drove east on Ridgeway.

Police responding to the scene saw the tanker speed past around National Drive, the driver pumping his fist. The semi was traveling about 70 mph when it ran a red light on West Ninth Street and then struck a Dodge Journey minivan at Ridgeway and Hammond Avenue, according to the accident report.

The semi then rear-ended the trailer of a beer truck that also was headed east before crashing into a home at 1420 Ridgeway Ave., the report states. The resident was able to escape without injuries. Waterloo firefighters had to free Luck from the wreckage.

Police investigating the scene at the fueling facility found clothing and boots in the median on Ridgeway Avenue and found Luck’s silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck parked there. Investigators obtained a warrant to search the truck and found the marijuana, records state

Environmental companies were called to clean spilled biodiesel from the storm sewers and Dry Run Creek, and contaminated soil was removed from home’s front yard and replaced with clean dirt.

Wildlife rehabilitation workers are working to treat ducks from the creek that were caught in the spill.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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