A Rochester man is in custody after leading authorities on a vehicle chase early Sunday morning from Mitchell County, Iowa into Mower County.
Mower County Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark May reported that the incident started at approximately 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning in Mitchell County when Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a vehicle being driven by 25-year old Ahmed Shafi Aden of Rochester with Minnesota plates speeding north on U.S. Highway 218 into Mower County. May stated that deputies learned of the pursuit entering Minnesota via radio traffic and stop sticks were deployed at the intersection of Highway 218 and Mower County Road 4. May stated that Aden’s vehicle ran over the stop sticks and was slowed, but continued north on Highway 218. Stop sticks were deployed a second time, flattening three tires on Aden’s vehicle, but May reported that he kept traveling north on Highway 218 before finally stopping. Aden, who May stated was reportedly live streaming the entire pursuit over social media exited the vehicle when commanded to do so and put his hands in the air, but he then jumped back into the vehicle and again started traveling north on Highway 218 at speeds of 15-18 miles per hour. May went on to report that the Minnesota State Patrol joined the pursuit, and a trooper executed a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver on Aden’s vehicle near the intersection of Highway 218 and County Road 28, which ended the pursuit. Aden was later removed from the vehicle by authorities and arrested.
Aden is being held in the Mower County jail where he is facing two felony counts of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, plus a petty misdemeanor charge for speeding. Aden is also facing a felony fleeing charge in Mitchell County.