Two chases lead to two arrests

Two Fort Dodge men are facing charges after leading law enforcement officers on two separate chases Friday night, one of which resulted in injuries to a police officer.

Officer Joe Roetman tried to stop a maroon Chevy Malibu at 10th Avenue South and South 23rd Street after he saw it run a stop sign at 10:52 p.m., according to a Fort Dodge Police Department report.

That’s when the chase began.

During the chase, the driver of the Malibu exceeded the speed limit by more than 25 miles per hour, police said. He lost control of the car and struck a tree in the front yard of 2226 11th Ave. S., then fled on foot.

He was caught after a short foot chase.

Roetman was injured in the process of the arrest, police said. His injuries were described as “lacerations and bruises.”

Tyler Harrison, 21, of 311 First Ave. S., was charged with eluding and interference with official acts resulting in injury.

In a separate chase, Webster County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Paullin tried to stop a white Ford Explorer at Iowa Highway 7 and Iowa Avenue around 7 p.m., Webster County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Kruse said.

The driver led the chase into Fort Dodge where Fort Dodge police joined the pursuit before the driver struck a fence in the area of North 18th Street and Third Avenue North. The suspect ran from the crashed vehicle, but was quickly caught in the area.

Nicholas Ertl, 25, of 3122 11th Ave. N., was charged with felony eluding Saturday.

Ertl also faces charges of possession of a controlled substance-marijuana and driving while barred, speeding, failure to obey a stop sign and violation of a one-way.

Ertl was free on bond Saturday.

A preliminary hearing and bond review for Harrison was set for Jan. 31 by Magistrate William Habhab.

In addition to eluding and interference with official acts resulting in injury, Harrison was also charged with failure to obey a traffic device, failure to maintain control, reckless driving, no insurance with an accident, registration violation and driving after suspension.