Fugitive Tased after leading chase through FD
Panzi taken into custody by federal marshals
A federal fugitive was Tased Thursday after leading law enforcement on a chase through Fort Dodge.
Chad Panzi, 36, of Fort Dodge, was wanted on a federal warrant for probation violation. He was arrested Thursday afternoon, but not before leading Fort Dodge police and federal marshals through parts of the city.
Fort Dodge Police Chief Roger Porter said officers with the Police Department, along with the Webster County Drug Task Force, teamed up with the United States Marshals Service at 12:17 p.m. to arrest Panzi.
They were en route to Panzi’s suspected location in the northwest part of town when the chase began, Porter said.
But as they approached, they saw him leaving in a white Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Porter said the officers tried to stop Panzi, but he took off.
Eventually, according to Porter, the fugitive stopped his car near Seventh Avenue North and Forest Avenue, got out and went into a home at 709 Forest Ave.
Officers chased Panzi into the house.
When he refused to respond to officers’ orders to show his hands, he was Tased.
Emergency personnel from UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center and the Fort Dodge Fire Department were called and asked to evaluate Panzi before he was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Porter said Panzi may be charged locally with attempting to flee from police, but no charges have been filed yet.