Motorcyclist crashes after leading police on chase

A motorcyclist led state troopers on a chase through parts of Webster County and Barnum at speeds of up to 125 mph before crashing at a busy Fort Dodge intersection Monday evening.

The crash occurred at Fifth Avenue South and Eighth Street at 5:11 p.m. Iowa State trooper Brenda Rinard identified the motorcyclist as Kyle A. Vance, 26, of Fort Dodge. She said he was a patient at Trinity Regional Medical Center Monday night with injuries that appeared to be minor.

According to Rinard, the pursuit began at 4:40 p.m. when a motor vehicle enforcement officer from the Iowa Department of Transportation clocked the 2001 Kawasaki motorcycle going 89 mph on Webster County Road D20 about one mile west of Fort Dodge.

She said Vance continued west on Webster County Road D20, then went north on Webster County Road P29 before turning east on Iowa Highway 7.

Rinard said she was heading westbound on Iowa Highway 7 and saw Vance do a U-turn in front of her and head back west. The pursuit continued through Barnum before Vance again headed east on Iowa Highway 7.

Rinard said she clocked the motorcycle going 125 mph on Iowa Highway 7.

Upon reaching Fort Dodge, he went south on U.S. Highway 169 and east on Second Avenue South over the Karl King Bridge.

According to Rinard, Vance was heading south on Eighth Street when he encountered vehicles stopped at the traffic light at Fifth Avenue South.

She said he attempted to drive between the vehicles and the curb. She said the motorcycle contacted the curb and he lost control of it.

The motorcycle turned over and Vance was thrown from it, according to the State Patrol.

Karen McCartney, of Fort Dodge, was walking across the nearby Kenyon Road Bridge when Vance crashed.

”I saw him hit the median and he flew off his motorcycle,” she said.

The motorcycle and Vance landed in the middle of the intersection.

Fort Dodge firefighters and police, paramedics from Trinity Regional Medical Center, Webster County sheriff’s deputies and state troopers were at the crash scene.

Vance will face a handful of criminal charges. Rinard said the motor vehicle enforcement officer has charged him with eluding and speeding. She added that she has filed charges of speeding, improper passing and failure to stop at two stop signs.