Craig charged in police chase


A chase that led Fort Dodge police through the west side of town ended with the suspect arrested and charged in the case.

Loran M. Craig, 40, of Fort Dodge, has been charged with eluding, driving while barred, speeding and failure to have a driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement.

The incident happened late Saturday afternoon. Police Chief Tim Carmody said around 4:10 p.m., Officers Keaton Lunn and Alex Winninger tried to pull over a black 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle for speeding. The officers had seen the motorcycle traveling south on U.S. Highway 169 at mile marker 158, where it was traveling about 77 miles per hour in a 55 zone.

The driver, who was later identified as Craig, sped off and refused to stop for the officers, according to Carmody.

Craig allegedly led the officers on a chase through the west side of Fort Dodge, which included at one point driving through a part of the Iowa Central Community College campus.

About 13 minutes after the chase started, Carmody said, Craig pulled over near the intersection of U.S. Highway 169 and 270th Street, where he was arrested. Carmody said nobody was hurt and no property was damaged.

Craig made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Monday morning. He had posted bond before his appearance in front of Magistrate William Habhab.

Habhab allowed Craig to remain released on bond and scheduled the preliminary hearing on the eluding and driving while barred charges for Aug. 30. The simple misdemeanor traffic violations were continued 180 days.

Carmody said the Webster County Sheriff’s Department and Iowa State Patrol assisted in the pursuit.