Stolen car breaks down during chase

Driver arrested after morning pursuit through Fort Dodge

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari
A MidIowa Towing worker hooks up a vehicle that was reported stolen and whose driver police say led officers on a high-speed chase through town. The pursuit ended at Nelson Avenue and 160th St. when the car stopped working.

The pursuit of a stolen vehicle ended Wednesday morning when the car stalled just outside Fort Dodge and the arrest of the man driving it.

Nicholas Coulter, 39, of Fort Dodge, was arrested without incident.

The chase began around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday when a Fort Dodge police officer recognized the car as one that had been reported stolen on Feb. 12, according to Capt. Ryan Gruenberg, of the Fort Dodge Police Department.

Once the vehicle, a Chrysler 300, was confirmed as being the one that was reported stolen, Gruenberg said the officer tried to pull it over in the area of 22nd Street and Sixth Avenue North.

But the Coulter didn’t stop and tried to flee.

The chase first went westbound onto Seventh Avenue North, then the driver turned onto North 15th Street headed northbound.

Gruenberg said Coulter continued north on 15th Street, outside of city limits, before turning west onto 160th Street, right next to the Fort Dodge Regional Airport and across the road from the Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex.

But at that point, Gruenberg said the vehicle became disabled and came to a stop on 160th Street.

Police arrested Coulter.

A female passenger in the car was detained, but was released at the scene and is not facing any charges.

Coulter was charged with eluding and operating without owner’s consent. He also faces a number of traffic violations, according to police.

He is set to make his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court today at 9 a.m.

The Webster County Sheriff’s Department and Iowa State Patrol assisted during the chase.