Motorcyclist leads authorities on early morning high-speed chase

A suspect driving a motorcycle led police on a high-speed pursuit that started on U.S. Highway 20 and ended in Fort Dodge Tuesday night, according to Trooper Denny Schnathorst, of the Iowa State Patrol.

At about 11:45 p.m., Schnathorst said he checked the speed of a motorcycle traveling on U.S. Highway 20 in the westbound lane, about five miles west of Coalville.

“The suspect fled before I even activated the lights,” he said. “It was already in pursuit mode.”

The chase led officers through Coalville, down towards Otho and Harcourt, and then into Fort Dodge, Schnathorst reported.

“The suspect was able to elude throughout the streets of Fort Dodge,” Schnathorst said.

The driver of the motorcycle was not apprehended.

The chase lasted about 25 minutes, according to Schnathorst.

The suspect was wearing a helmet and motorcycle gear.

The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Dodge Police Department, and the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement.

Anyone with information is asked to call Iowa State Patrol District 7 at 515-972-4213, Fort Dodge Police Department at 573-1426 or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be sent anonymously online at or by texting “LEC” and the tip to 274637.