Man gets jail time for hitting Iowa church with car

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Mason City, Iowa (AP) – A man who hit a church with a car while trying to elude police in north-central Iowa’s Mason City has been sentenced to roughly a year and a half in jail.

31-year-old Daniel Solano of Mason City also was fined $630 and ordered to pay restitution to the church.

Solano pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree theft and fourth-degree criminal mischief. A judge sentenced him to 270-day terms on each count, with those terms to be served one after the other.

Solano was arrested May 21 after he tried to drive away from police responding to a report of a stolen vehicle. Officers say Solano drove across Prince of Peace Lutheran Church’s yard and hit the corner of the building, reportedly causing more than $1,000 in damage.

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