FORT DODGE – A Fort Dodge man was chased by police when he failed to yield for a traffic stop in an allegedly stolen vehicle, then tried to fight cops when they stopped him.
On February 6, 2020, officers with the Fort Dodge Police Department (FDPD) were dispatched to investigate a call of a suspected stolen motor vehicle, located somewhere on the south side of the City. Officers received information from Sac County that the stolen vehicle was likely being driven by a Matthew James Johnson of Fort Dodge. FDPD officers located the vehicle in the area of South 22nd Street and 14th Avenue South. Upon visual contact with police, the vehicle immediately took off in an attempt to elude Officers.
The pursuit continued west through the city limits and into the county where additional law enforcement support was requested. FDPD officers along with the Webster County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol continued the pursuit until reaching just south of Barnum. Though the driver of the vehicle made multiple attempts at avoiding apprehension by trying to strike pursuing officers, at 8:54 AM, the driver was taken into custody without incident.
Matthew James Johnson, age 35 of Fort Dodge, is charged with:
• Eluding — D Felony
• Assault on a peace officer — D Felony
• Theft 15t; Possession of Stolen Property — C Felony
• Driving While Barred (Habitual) — Aggravated Misdemeanor
• Multiple traffic violations