One taken into custody after high-speed chase

Published 7:01 am Tuesday, March 3, 2020

A Rochester man was taken into custody after an early Sunday morning high-speed chase in Mower County.

According to Mower County Chief Deputy Mark May, Mower County deputies became involved in a high-speed chase that began at about 1 a.m. on Sunday in Mitchell County, Iowa. May said Mower deputies were monitoring radio traffic as Mitchell County deputies chased a speeding black 2013 Infiniti with Minnesota plate DCH803 on Highway 218.

The vehicle entered Mower County and ran over stop sticks on 218 near County Road 4. The vehicle slowed, but continued north on 218, where it was again spiked.

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Deputies continued pursuit as the vehicle ran on three flat tires. May said at one point, the vehicle stopped and the driver, Ahmed Shafi Aden, 25, exited the vehicle, but re-entered the vehicle and drove away when deputies ordered him to put his hands up. Speeds only got as high as 18 miles per hour.

A Minnesota State Patrol trooper joined the pursuit and was able to stop the Infiniti with a pit maneuver on 218 north of County Road 28. Aden was removed from the vehicle and arrested.

May said a cell phone was found in the vehicle and indicated Aden had used it to stream the chase on social media.

Aden is being held at the Mower County Jail and will make a first appearance on Tuesday in Mower County District Court on a charge of felony fleeing peace officer in a motor vehicle. He is also facing possible charges in Iowa.