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Police nab teen who led Webster City to Fort Dodge chase

Jane Curtis

A 15-year-old led police on a chase that began in Webster City and ended in Fort Dodge when the teen’s vehicle struck a tree in that Webster County city early Wednesday morning.

The juvenile, whose name was not released, faces multiple charges.

Webster City Police Chief Shiloh Mork said the department got a call about a broken window at an undisclosed home in the area of the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Webster City shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The caller told authorities there was a silver minivan down the street that appeared to be “out of place.”

A short time later, an officer spotted the minivan in the area and attempted to stop it. Mork said that as the officer approached the vehicle, it sped off.

The chase went through Webster City and then onto four-lane Highway 20. It continued into Fort Dodge where it ended when the minivan struck a tree on 11th Avenue North. The driver fled on foot, but was caught after a brief foot chase.

The teen was taken into custody and transported back to Webster City where he was transferred into the custody of Juvenile Court Services.

He faces counts of eluding, operation without owner’s consent, interference with official acts, fourth-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and failing to have a valid driver’s license.

Mork said the investigation is continuing.

Anyone who sustained property damage over Tuesday night into Wednesday morning is asked to contact the police department at (515) 832-9166.

The Webster City Police Department was assisted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office, Webster County Sheriff’s Department and the Fort Dodge Police Department.

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