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Farmer plowing Kosciusko County field helps state police officer capture suspect

A farmer driving a tractor through a Kosciusko County field helped Indiana State Police catch a fleeing suspect last week.

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 3:09 a.m.

ETNA GREEN — A farmer driving a tractor through a Kosciusko County field helped Indiana State Police catch a fleeing suspect last week.

Lt. Chad Larsh, the ISP Bremen post commander, was driving to a meeting last week when he spotted a car driving erratically.

Larsh was running the vehicle's information before stopping it when he lost sight of the purple Pontiac Grand Am. A few minutes later, he found it parked in a driveway in the 4900 block of North 920 West. He stepped out of his car and saw the driver running through a farm field.

Larsh got back in his car with the emergency lights activated and chased the man, driving parallel to the field on 400 North. State police dispatch contacted him and told Larsh that a farmer plowing that field had called dispatch on his cellphone and offered to help the officer catch the fleeing man.

The farmer picked Larsh up on the side of the road and drove him through the field to the suspect.

Larsh jumped out of the tractor with his stun gun drawn and the suspect surrendered.

“I’m pretty sure he never saw it coming," Larsh said in the news release. "The man was assuming that the farmer was there to help him."

The suspect was identified as Jacob P. Miller, 41, of Plymouth. Miller admitted that he was on probation and had a suspended driver's license and was scared when he saw the police car.

He was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and driving with a suspended license.

The arrest was photographed from the air by ISP Master Trooper Dan Ringer, who was flying his personal aircraft in the area at the time.




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