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Vehicle Hits Des Moines Officer Near Fairgrounds

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    August 17, 2014 | 10:32 am

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines police officer was treated for minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle outside the Iowa State Fair.

    Police say senior police officer Ben Ihde was directing traffic outside the fairgrounds about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when he was hit by a vehicle that was slowly turning onto another street.

    Ihde was knocked off balance and fell, striking his head.

    He was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released.

    The vehicle was driven by 32-year-old Jose Chavez-Sagastizado, of Des Moines. Neither alcohol nor speeding appears to have been a factor.

    An investigation of the incident is continuing.