Fort Dodge chase suspect held on bond

A man who police say led them on a pursuit in a stolen car Wednesday was ordered held on bond Thursday.

Nicholas Z. Coulter, 39, of Fort Dodge, was ordered held on $4,000 bond on charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and eluding, both aggravated misdemeanors.

He remained in the Webster County Jail late Thursday afternoon, according to officials.

Coulter also faces charges of driving under suspension, as well as two counts of failing to obey a traffic control device.

Coulter was allegedly driving a stolen Chrysler 300 Wednesday morning when a Fort Dodge police officer saw the vehicle and tried to pull it over, according to Fort Dodge Police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg.

But Coulter allegedly ignored the officer and kept driving, leading officers on a pursuit that began in the area of 22nd Street and Sixth Avenue North.

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

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.

It was then the car became disabled and stopped on the side of the road.

Coulter was arrested without further incident.

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

Coulter’s preliminary hearing has been set for March 2.