Teen arrested after pursuit, crash

A 17-year-old driver led Fort Dodge Police on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen vehicle through the city before crashing into a home on 25th Avenue North late Saturday night, according to a release from the FDPD.

According to the release, an officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was observed traveling at a high rate of speed in the 2500 block of Fifth Avenue South shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and led the officer on a high-speed pursuit through Fort Dodge city limits.

The chase ended “when the driver fled the vehicle while it was still moving and it crashed into the residence” in the 1000 block of 25th Avenue North,” according to the release. The driver ran on foot and was quickly apprehended.

When officers responded to the crash, they located four other occupants of the vehicle, all juveniles. According to FDPD Capt. Dennis Quinn, two of the juveniles were residents of Webster County and the other two were not. The driver of the vehicle was also not a resident of Webster County, he said.

The vehicle was reported as stolen in Des Moines.

No injuries were reported and an exterior decorative brick wall of the home sustained minor damage, Quinn said.

The 17-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with first-degree theft, a Class C felony; eluding, an aggravated misdemeanor; interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor; and several other traffic offenses. The driver was transported to juvenile detention and the other juveniles were released to parents and the youth shelter.


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