A Rochester man is pleading not guilty to charges in Minnesota and Iowa concerning a cross-border vehicle chase with authorities in March.

25-year old Ahmed Shafi Aden is charged with three counts of 4th degree assault of a peace officer in Mower County District Court, and a misdemeanor eluding charge in Mitchell County, Iowa.  

Aden is accused of driving away from a traffic stop on Highway 218 north of St. Ansgar on March 1. The chase traveled into Minnesota, where State Patrol Troopers eventually stopped Aden after he ran over stop sticks and wound up with three flat tires.

Aden was then accused of spitting blood at detention deputies while he was being held in the Mower County jail on March 3.

Aden is scheduled to stand trial in Mitchell County on September 23. No trial date has been set at last word in Mower County.