Austin Man Arrested After 16 Mile High-Speed Chase

Jamie Schammel Photo: Mower County Jail. Jamie Schammel

February 20, 2018 03:17 PM

(ABC 6 News) - An Austin man is facing possible charges after a high-speed chase over the weekend.

According to the Mower County Sheriff's Office, around 10:30 p.m. Saturday a deputy spotted a vehicle swerving along County Road 2.


The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the driver would not pull over and a chase ensued onto a gravel road with speeds reaching 60 mph.  

The deputy reported that during the chase the driver was tossing items, including beer cans, out the window.

A second deputy laid stop sticks across the road but the driver swerved to avoid them and began driving toward Brownsdale on County Road 2 with speeds reaching 100 mph.

At one point the sheriff's office said the suspect braked suddenly and a deputy rear-ended the vehicle.

The chase continued southbound onto Highway 56 toward Rose Creek when the suspect suddenly braked again and was rear-ended by a second deputy. 

That accident pushed the suspect's vehicle into a ditch where the vehicle rolled at least once. 

Deputies arrested the driver, 37-year-old Jamie Schammel, who was reportedly knocked unconscious during the accident and taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin to be examined before he was taken to jail.

Schammel is facing possible charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, DWI and driving after revocation.

The sheriff's office said the chase lasted for about 16 miles.


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