Police-lightsThe driver of an SUV was injured in a crash following a brief chase with police early this morning in southeast Iowa. According to the Iowa State Patrol, a Mount Pleasant Police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation shortly after 1 a.m.

The SUV fled and the driver then lost control of the vehicle, striking a tree. The driver, identified as 19-year-old Caleb Kuster of Mount Pleasant, was not wearing a seat belt and was flown by helicopter to University of Iowa Hospitals. His condition is not being released.

(Reporting by Theresa Rose, KILJ, Mt. Pleasant)