AMBOY — A Wells man arrested after a car chase that started in Amboy Saturday allegedly told police he didn’t stop because he was using methamphetamine.
Robert Raphael Schultz, 45, ended the motorized portion of the chase by driving over a bank and dropping about 25 feet into the Blue Earth River. That happened after he drove down a dead-end road, through a bean field, along public hunting land and along a tree line next to the river.
That wasn’t the end of the entire chase, though.
After crashing his sister’s car and breaking his arm, Schultz ran across the river and attempted to hide in thick brush, according to a criminal complaint filed in Blue Earth County District Court.
Jacob Kral, a police officer with the Amboy/Vernon Center Police Department, reported he was parked in Amboy when Schultz drove past at about 9 p.m. Saturday. He attempted to stop the car Schultz was driving because one of its front headlights was out, Kral reported.
Schultz allegedly led Kral on a chase along highways, county roads and back roads before driving through the fields and crashing in the river. Kral and other officers from several agencies who joined in the chase ended up parking their squad cars and following tire tracks through the mud before finding the crashed car. Kral had called for a police dog from the Fairmont Police Department after a Mapleton police officer told him it was possible that Schultz would attempt to escape on foot. The officers could see tracks leaving the river on the opposite side from the car. They were looking through thick vegetation when the Fairmont officer said his dog had a scent. Schultz was arrested after he was “apprehended” by the dog, the complaint said.
An ambulance was called to the scene. Schultz told the crew he wasn’t wearing a seat belt when he crashed in the river and was sure he broke his arm. He was taken to the hospital in Mankato because his arm was swollen and deformed, the complaint said.
Officers also asked hospital staff to draw blood to be tested because they suspected Schultz was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Schultz told an officer, “You aren’t going to find alcohol, only meth,” the complaint said.