Worth County

Iowa State Patrol and Worth County Sheriff's Office vehicles block a segment of County Road 105 in Worth County Wednesday evening southwest of Diamond Jo Casino after a chase and attempted carjacking.

A St. Paul man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after leading authorities from multiple departments on a high-speed chase that started in Albert Lea and ended in North Iowa following an alleged attempted carjacking and shots being fired by a Minnesota deputy.

During the course of the chase, Ryan Joseph Amabile, 30, reportedly struck at least two cars, displayed a handgun and attempted to carjack a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu in Worth County driven by a 20-year-old woman from Northwood, according to a news release by the Albert Lea Police Department. 

Amabile was found to have several felony warrants in Minnesota and was driving a vehicle with fraudulent license plates that was stolen from St. Louis Park, according to the release.

The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation will investigate the shooting, with the assistance of the Iowa State Patrol.

No one was injured.

Amabile has been charged with felony eluding in Worth County District Court.

He is expected to face other charges, according to the Albert Lea Police Department. 

According to the release, the chase started after Albert Lea police received a report of a possible impaired driver who was passed out in a vehicle at MarketPlace Foods.

Officers reportedly made contact with the man, who appeared to be under the influence. When asked to turn off the 2016 Jeep Renegade he was seated in, he initially complied but then allegedly turned the vehicle back on, drove across a landscape barrier and struck a vehicle, before fleeing through the Skyline Plaza parking lot and across the grassy shoulder to U.S. Highway 69, where he went northbound on Highway 69.

Amabile reportedly continued northbound on Minnesota Highway 13 at speeds in excess of 100 mph, crossed over the southbound lanes of Highway 13 near Bay Oaks Drive and continued driving at a high rate of speed. Near Interstate 90 and Freeborn County Road 101, he reportedly turned around and started driving southbound in the southbound lanes and struck an Albert Lea police squad car.

A Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to place a tire deflation device near Bay Oaks Drive, but Amabile reportedly intentionally aimed his vehicle at the deputy who was outside of his squad car and then swerved over the tire deflation device.

The pursuit continued southbound onto Highway 69 toward Lake Mills in excess of 100 mph in the wrong lane of traffic.

Freeborn County deputies attempted a maneuver to stop the vehicle that was not successful, and the chase continued into Lake Mills, where a Lake Mills officer joined in the pursuit eastbound on Winnebago County Road 105 toward Interstate 35.

On County Road 105 in Worth County, about one mile from Wheelerwood Road, Amabile reportedly displayed a handgun and attempted to carjack the Malibu.

Freeborn County Deputy David Gilmore fired three rounds through his patrol windshield to stop the carjacking, and at that time Amabile went down to the ground and was taken into custody. He was transported to the Worth County jail.

Drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle.

Responding to the incident were the Albert Lea Police Department, Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Lake Mills Police Department, Worth County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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Globe reporter Mary Pieper contributed to this report.


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