Rivers convicted of eluding

Robert Rivers Jr.

Robert Rivers Jr. has been convicted of eluding and driving while barred after a one-day trial in Webster County District Associate Court.

Rivers, 25, of Fort Dodge, will be sentenced on both charges Jan. 8.

Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson said the charges stem from an incident on June 3 when a pursuit began in the 1400 block of First Avenue South.

Benson said officers identified Rivers as the driver of the vehicle and that his license was barred. But when officers tried to pull him over, he fled, speeding at more than 90 miles per hour.

“Rivers eluded law enforcement through residental neighborhoods on the south side of Fort Dodge before losing control of the vehicle and striking a residence on North 19th Street,” Benson said. “Rivers then fled on foot.”

Both charges are aggravated misdemeanors.

Rivers faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $6,250 fine on each count.

Benson and Brad McIntyre, assistant Webster County attorney, prosecuted the case, which was presided over by Judge Angela Doyle.

Rivers was represented by Charles Kenville, of Fort Dodge.

The case was investigated by the Fort Dodge Police Department with help from the Fort Dodge/Webster County Cyber Crimes Unit.