One Year Later: Fort Dodge House is in the Repair Stage After a Car Chase Ended Through its Front Door
It’s been almost a year since a Fort Dodge family was awoken by a terrifying and bizarre incident that began as a hit and run and ended with a car smashing through the front of a home.
The people living in the home at 1928 6th Avenue North were displaced, the owner was left making repairs and a Fort Dodge man ended up with his 3rd OWI and an eluding police while intoxicated charge following the incident.
According to court documents, 32 year old David Grunwald of Fort Dodge had also been charged with driving while barred and leaving the scene of an accident, but those charges were dismissed.
According to a press release from the Fort Dodge Police Department it was about 2:00 am on May 21st when a patrol car was nearly struck by a black sedan. That car was being followed by another vehicle with occupants who told police that the driver had just struck their vehicle.
The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the driver, identified later as Grunwald, refused and continued to flee at a high rate of speed. He ultimately crashed into the 6th Avenue North home.
None of the residents of the home or officers involved were hurt the home was deemed unsafe and
Grunwald was sentenced to 5 years for each guilty plea and fines in the amount of over 4-thousand dollars.