NORTHWOOD | A Mason City man was arrested after leading law enforcement on a multi-county high speed chase to the Winnebago County Jail Tuesday night. 

Phillip Franklin Abbott, 58, was charged with misdemeanor eluding, reckless driving, failure to obey a stop sign, driving while suspended, speeding, expired registration, no insurance, driving on the wrong side of a two-lane highway and unsafe passing.

A Worth County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a blue 2003 Ford Escape driven by Abbott at the intersection of Wheelerwood Road and 420th Street about 10:51 p.m. Tuesday. The vehicle had paper plates and was traveling at 80 mph, according to court documents.  

When the deputy turned on lights and sirens, court documents say Abbott accelerated to 100 mph and continued south on Wheelerwood Road, leading officers on a 30-minute multi-county pursuit. 

During the pursuit, the Worth County Sheriff's Office said Abbott is accused of nearly hitting a Worth County deputy and his squad car while the deputy had him at gunpoint in an attempt to block the road.

Court documents said Abbott continued "zig zagging through gravels" at 75 mph and reached 100 mph on blacktops until driving into Forest City on Highway 9. 

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The chase ended when Abbott drove the vehicle until the Winnebago County Jail parking lot. 

Charging documents say Abbott told deputies he ran because his license was suspended and didn't have car insurance. He also said he took the plates off the Escape "so his vehicle wouldn't be stopped," according to court documents. 

Abbott was arrested, transported to the Worth County Jail and released on his own recognizance after appearing in court. No additional court dates have been set. 


The Worth County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Mills Police Department, Forest City Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.


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