Police: Taxi driver assaulted, chase ensues

Published 9:35 am Monday, January 14, 2013

An Albert Lea man was arrested early Saturday after he reportedly assaulted a local taxi driver, took the taxi and then led police on a chase.

Quinten Duane Amos, 32, is being held in the Freeborn County jail on charges of assault, robbery, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, among other charges.

According to an Albert Lea police report, dispatchers received a call at about 5:03 a.m. Saturday stating an Albert Lea Taxi driver was being assaulted by a person picked up at 1801 Oakwood Terrace, off of South Shore Drive.

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After being allegedly assaulted, the taxi driver, according to a police report, stopped the vehicle and took off running near the Albert Lea Taxi office, 1325 S.E. Broadway, after which Amos reportedly drove away in the vehicle.

Officers drove toward Oakwood Terrace to try to find the taxi and driver but found the taxi near the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Front Street.

The officers attempted to pull over the taxi, but it reportedly continued westbound on Front Street without stopping, reaching speeds as high as 50 mph and driving erratically, the police report states.

The vehicle was ultimately stopped on north Ermina Avenue, where Amos was arrested. The police report didn’t state the make and model of the taxi.

The taxi driver reportedly suffered minor injuries.

Police officers were assisted by Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Albert Lea Taxi is owned by Nasby Radiator Service & Auto Repair.

Amos likely will appear on charges today in Freeborn County District Court.