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Iowa trooper hurt in pursuit has only minor injuries

By Nigel Duara
Des Moines Register

IOWA — Injuries that an Iowa State Patrol trooper suffered after a vehicle pursuit in western Iowa appear to be minor.

Trooper Tim Sieleman, who was injured during a chase Friday that began in Omaha and ended in Council Bluffs, said from his home on Sunday that he was in good condition and feeling better.

Sieleman was held overnight Friday at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and treated for strained muscles, according to a news release from the State Patrol.

Sieleman, who was identified by the patrol on Sunday, declined to comment on the incident pending a departmental investigation.

The chase began in Omaha, according to the patrol, when Omaha police reported an erratic driver and had their helicopter follow the driver into Iowa on the South Omaha Bridge Road.

Sieleman found the vehicle in southwest Council Bluffs and ran a check on its license plate, according to the release. It came back stolen.

Sieleman pursued the vehicle until it made a hard left at the westbound on-ramp to Interstate Highway 80 at South 24th Street.

When the vehicle turned, Sieleman's patrol car struck the vehicle's left-rear, forcing both vehicles into a nearby ditch.

The driver of the vehicle Sieleman was pursuing, Travis McQueen, 23, was arrested and charged with first-degree theft and eluding.

He was being held at the Pottawattamie County Jail on $10,000 bond Sunday afternoon.

McQueen was taken after the accident to Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, where he was treated and released to the jail.

The incident remains under investigation, according to the release.

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