FORT DODGE -- The driver of a suspect police say stole a van at gunpoint in Des Moines and fatally crashed in Fort Dodge has been named.

Philip Wooden, 25, of Kansas City, Mo., was ejected from the van as it entered the median and rolled several times at around 6 a.m., according to the Iowa State Patrol.

Wooden was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, the Patrol said.


FORT DODGE (AP) — Authorities say a fatal crash on the west side of Fort Dodge ended the chase of a van stolen in Des Moines.

The van owner told Des Moines officers that he was uninjured when a man with a gun stole his van around 3:30 a.m. Thursday. A Story City officer spotted the van about an hour later on Interstate 35, but it didn't stop when the officer tried to pull it over.

Authorities say the chase continued through Story, Hamilton and Webster counties until the van crashed around 6 a.m., ejecting and killing the driver. His name hasn't been released.

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