BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – At around noon on Wednesday a 40-year-old Fort Madison man led police on a chase through town.
Bernard Eugene Boggs, of Fort Madison, was arrested without incident after the pursuit and was taken to Lee County Correctional Center and jailed.
According to reports, Fort Madison police were notified at 12:22 p.m. of a white male subject driving a gray vehicle near 16th Street and Avenue H, driving strangely and possibly impaired.
Officers located the vehicle at 14th Street and Avenue D with the driver kneeling outside the vehicle. The subject then got back in the vehicle and began driving.
Officers followed the vehicle and observed it being operated in a reckless manner and nearly causing a collision with another motorist. Officers attempted to initiate a stop at which the driver allegedly refused to stop.
Local police and Lee County Sheriff’s deputies were led on a “low-speed” pursuit through the streets of Fort Madison at which times Boggs allegedly committed several traffic offenses.
The pursuit ended in the 3700 block of Avenue L, when Boggs finally stopped his vehicle.
Police Chief Tim Settig said Boggs got out of the vehicle and “was flopping around like a fish” on the ground and was taken into custody and cited for “several traffic violations and eluding police”.