FD woman leads chase through multiple counties

A Fort Dodge woman is facing charges after allegedly leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase through several counties.

The incident began Friday morning shortly after midnight.

Fort Dodge Police Officer Joe Roetman was on patrol in the area of Fourth Avenue North and 20th Street when he tried to talk with a man walking in the area and that man took off running, Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody said in a written statement.

The man, who was later identified as Jacob Wood, 20, of Central City, got into a gray 1992 Jeep Cherokee which then drove off.

The driver of the Jeep, identified as Trisha Woodman, 28, of Fort Dodge, refused to stop for the officer. It turned north onto 15th Street and continued out of town.

Other law enforcement agencies joined the pursuit, which went through Humboldt County into Wright County.

In Wright County, Iowa State Patrol troopers used tire deflation devices to stop the Jeep. When the driver pulled it over, Woodman surrendered and he was taken into custody.

After Wood’s arrest, officers learned he was wanted on a failure to appear warrant from Pocahontas County.

Woodman was charged with eluding, driving while barred as a habitual offender, reckless driving and not having proof of insurance.

She made her initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Friday morning, where she was ordered held on $4,000 bond by Magistrate Steve Kersten. The judge also set her preliminary hearing for Oct. 18.

In addition to the Iowa State Patrol, the Fort Dodge Police Department was assisted by the Webster, Humboldt, Wright and Hamilton County sheriff’s departments.