(Alpha Media- Brooke Bickford)
The Fort Dodge Police Department is continuing its investigation into a bizarre and terrifying incident that occurred early Saturday morning that began as a hit and run and ended with a car smashing through the front of a Fort Dodge home.
According to a press release from Fort Dodge Police Department Captain Ryan Gruenberg, at approximately 2:05 Saturday morning, a patrol officer on routine patrol was nearly struck by a black sedan while the officer was stopped at the intersection of 1st Avenue South and South 17th Street. The officer observed the black sedan to have significant front‐end damage. Another vehicle was following the black sedan and pulled alongside the officer, informing them the black sedan had just struck their vehicle and was attempting to flee.
The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the driver refused and continued to flee at a high rate of speed. The vehicle began traveling on North 20th Street which ends at 6th Avenue North
The driver failed to turn and drove into the front yard of 1928 6th Avenue North, which launched the vehicle into the residence, landing in the living room and causing significant damage to the structure.
The driver and passenger of the vehicle as well as the occupants of the residence were quickly removed from the home by officers.
None of the residents of the home or officers involved were hurt, the passenger was treated at the scene, released and arrested but the driver was transported to Unity Point – Trinity Regional Medical Center with injuries.
Anyone with camera footage or additional information is urged to call the police department at 573-2323.