An Urbandale teen’s joyride nearly turned deadly. Urbandale police were called to a Baptist Church on the north side of the city Sunday evening on a report of a vehicle fire.
Officer Zach McDowell arrived on scene and discovered an unconscious driver in the vehicle that was filled with smoke and on fire. He pulled the driver, Ian Waseskuk, out of the vehicle and Waseskuk was taken to the hospital.
The investigation determined Waseskuk was doing donuts in the church parking lot when he lost control and struck the air conditioning unit on the side of the church. There was $10,000 damage to the church and Waseskuk’s 1995 Buick was called a total loss.
Waseskuk faces a reckless driving charge once he is released from the hospital.