Locke charged with OWI in Tuesday incident

Fort Dodge police arrested 30-year-old Chad Locke, of Coalville after he allegedly drove a car into a home at 1035 First Ave. S. while intoxicated at about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Police cited Locke with operating while intoxicated and failure to maintain control.

Locke is set for a preliminary hearing on the OWI charge on July 25, after appearing in Webster County Magistrate Court Tuesday. The failure to maintain control charge was continued 180 days.

If found guilty, Locke faces a minimum of 48 hours in jail and $1,250 fine or a maximum of 1 year in jail with a $1,250 fine and drivers license suspension of 180 days plus one year driving probation.

Tim Walstrom, who was sitting in his truck nearby, witnessed the crash.

“He was just squealing,” Walstrom said. “Then he was flying and turned off of 12th Street.”

Walstrom said Locke was swerving all over the road.

Then Locke stopped his car for a few minutes, Walstrom said.

Locke then drove south on 11th Street and then into the house, Fort Dodge Police Sgt. Matt Lundberg said.

“When I heard the crash, I checked my phone,” Walstrom said. It was 1:41 a.m.

The staircase leading up to the home is destroyed, taking support away from a central beam.

Police contacted the building’s management to get the staircase repaired.