Semi Driver Leads Officers On Pursuit And Stand-Off

Thu 2-22-2018

(Emmetsburg)-- A Charter Oak man faces multiple charges after leading authorities in Palo Alto county on a pursuit and a stand-off. 

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called a little after 5:00 am Wednesday to the intersection of 280th Street and 380th Avenue after getting a report of a driver of a livestock truck that appeared to be suffering from paranoia. Authorities say a deputy made contact with the driver and notice a handgun on the passenger's seat. The deputy became concerned over some aggressive movements by the driver and disengaged contact. Authorities say the driver, 31-year-old Joshua Rosburg, then proceeded westbound on 280th Street with the deputy in pursuit, which continued to the 3600 mile of 340th Street where the semi stopped. Rosburg was told to exit the vehicle but refused, resulting in a stand-off. A nearby residence was then evacuated as a precaution. After about an hour Rosburg got out of the semi tractor and was taken into custody. The firearm was also seized.

Rosburg was charged with carrying weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to comply with safety regulation rules, stopping on the paved part of a highway, driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and reckless driving.

Authorities say additional charges are pending the results of drug tests.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Emmet County Sheriff's Office, Emmet County Conservation, the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Emmetsburg and Estherville Police Departments, Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, the Multi Agency Response Team and the Palo Alto County Ambulance Service.