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Mt. Pleasant accident causes $40,000 in damage Monday

Douglas Adams was charged with failure to remain in control and failure to obey a stop sign and right of way after traveling at an excessive rate of speed in Mt. Pleasant. Adams’ accident caused an estimated $40,000 in damages. (Andy Krutsinger/The Union)
Douglas Adams was charged with failure to remain in control and failure to obey a stop sign and right of way after traveling at an excessive rate of speed in Mt. Pleasant. Adams’ accident caused an estimated $40,000 in damages. (Andy Krutsinger/The Union)

MT. PLEASANT — Seven cars were damaged following an accident on North Main and Monroe Street at the main square in Mt. Pleasant Monday. No major injuries related to the accident were reported.

Douglas Adams of Mt. Pleasant has been charged with failure to maintain control and failure to obey a stop sign and right of way following the accident, according to Iowa State Patrol Officer Sgt. Russell Morey. The officer said the accident caused an estimated $40,000 in damage plus some minor property damage.

Morey said Adams was seen driving a black Pontiac at a high rate of speed at approximately 3:50 p.m. on East Monroe Street and struck several parked cars and other moving vehicles on North Main and Monroe before eventually stopping. Morey said it is unclear when and where Adams lost control of his vehicle or what caused the vehicle to stop.

The accident report notes Adams’ passenger, Evan Adams, had a “possible complaint of injury,” and Dale Beckman, who was operating a vehicle Adams struck, had suffered “minor and non-incapacitating injuries.”

Morey said the accident may have been caused by a medical condition or issue that led to Adams losing control of his vehicle.

“He had no idea. He was shocked when he came back that he had caused all that damage,” Morey said of an interview with Adams following the accident.

Morey added the state patrol does not have information on how fast Adams’ car was traveling but confirmed Adams was driving at an “excessive speed.”