FD man leads law enforcement in high-speed pursuit
Speeds up to 110 mph
A high-speed pursuit that reached speeds of 110 miles per hour and spanned from Fort Dodge to Humboldt and back ended Wednesday at a busy intersection in Fort Dodge.
The pursuit, which started with a report of an assault, ended shortly after 5 p.m. at the intersection of Fifth Avenue South and South 25th Street.
The driver of the Toyota Tacoma, Chipper Cisco, 19, of Fort Dodge, was taken into custody at the conclusion of the pursuit.
Cisco is charged with felony eluding and first-degree theft, both Class D felonies, and multiple traffic offenses. He is being held at the Webster County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.
According to the Webster County Sheriff’s Office, a report of an assault and a suspect in possession of a firearm was made at about 4:14 p.m. in the Pleasant Valley area. Minutes later, a WCSO deputy initiated a traffic stop on the Toyota on 17th Street Southwest and Cisco fled the area, leading deputies and Fort Dodge Police Department officers on a lengthy pursuit through the city and county.
The pursuit snaked through the northwest area of the city near Hawkeye Avenue, where there is road construction underway, and eventually went out onto U.S. Highway 169 north to Humboldt. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called in to assist, but the pursuit made its way back south to Fort Dodge.
FDPD officers were able to successfully deploy stop-sticks in the area of 175th Street and U.S. Highway 169, which struck the suspect vehicle’s front passenger side tire. The suspect then led law enforcement back into Fort Dodge, east on First Avenue South and then east on Fifth Avenue South.
In the 2300 block of Fifth Avenue South, officers used tactical vehicle intervention to make contact with the suspect vehicle with their own, forcing the Toyota truck onto the curb in front of Walgreens.
The driver, Cisco, was taken into custody without incident.
Two Fort Dodge Police Department vehicles were damaged at the end of the pursuit, said FDPD Capt. Ryan Gruenberg.
Gruenberg confirmed a weapon was found in the Toyota, but couldn’t say what type of weapon or where it was located within the vehicle.
Despite reaching extremely dangerous speeds — including 75 miles per hour in city limits — no injuries were reported as a result of the pursuit. The truck did have a minor collision with another vehicle on Fifth Avenue South, but it only resulted in property damage, Gruenberg said.
The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the WCSO or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 515-573-1444.