Fort Dodge Man Leads Chase Through Humboldt

By: Jacob Sexton —

Humboldt, IA — Tuesday afternoon a routine patrol of the Humboldt Police Department turned into a pursuit.

An officer on patrol observed a 2013 Chevy Silverado near the intersection of 6th Avenue North and 6th Street North in Humboldt.

A vehicle of that kind was reported to have been stolen from Webster County the previous day. A motorcycle was driving in front of the truck and, per the police report, seemed to be traveling with the truck.

The officer believed that the operator of the motorcycle appeared to be 34 year old Bradley Baumann of Fort Dodge who was a suspect in multiple stolen vehicles in the area. The officer then stopped the truck but the motorcycle fled the scene.

A deputy from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department then responded to assist with locating the motorcycle. The deputy attempted to stop the motorcycle but the operator, later identified as Baumann, refused and led a pursuit through Humboldt.

Baumann eventually lost control of his motorcycle near 3rd Avenue South and 3rd Street South, struck a house, and then fled on foot. He was later found hiding in an apartment building nearby a short time after.

Baumann was taken into custody without incident and transferred to Humboldt County Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. He was later released and then transferred to the Webster County Jail.

Baumann was arrested for an outstanding warrant from Webster County for parole violation, and is being held without bond. The investigation into the pursuit is still ongoing and charges from Humboldt County are pending. The investigation into the stolen Chevy truck is also pending.