Farmer in Kosciusko Co. helps chase down suspect with his tractor


A trooper in Kosciusko County had to get a tractor ride from a farmer to help him catch a suspect.

Lt. Chad Larsh with Indiana State Police was in rural Kosciusko County when he saw a man driving erratically.

The officer was trying to pull up the car's information when the suspect turned onto another road.

The trooper says, "We pretty much played cat and mouse out in the county roads out north of US 30."

The officer eventually found the car parked in a driveway on North 920 West in Etna Green, and he saw the man running behind the property and into a farm field.

"I went back to my car and started paralleling him, and whatever direction I would go with my lights activated to show police presence, he would turn and go the opposite direction," said Larsh.

A farmer in a tractor working a nearby field saw both the suspect and police.

He used his cell phone to call police and offered to help.

The trooper says, "He picked me up, and we continued back north pretty much in the same path he had been working, and I think the individual that was fleeing just assumed the farmer was continuing to work."

Lt. Larsh says the farmer drove the tractor right up to the suspect.

He adds, "I popped the door. I don't think the individual expected me to be in there."

A master trooper with Indiana State Police was flying his personal plane in the area and took some aerial pictures of the arrest.

41-year-old Jacob Miller of Plymouth admitted to police that he got scared when he saw the police car because he was on probation and had a suspended driver's license.

Lt. Larsh says the farmer was a huge help.

He says, "I appreciate him stepping up to the plate and offering his assistance."

Miller is charged with driving while suspended and resisting arrest.

The owners of the farmland say the farmer who helped police was one of their employees.

Here's the full release from Indiana State Police:

Kosciusko County - Indiana State Police Lieutenant Chad Larsh was driving to a meeting last week in rural Kosciusko County when an erratic driver caught his attention. Minutes later Larsh was chasing the man down with the assistance of localfarmerin a tractor.Larsh, who is the Bremen Post Commander, was running the vehicle information before stopping the erratic driver when he turned and Larsh lost sight of him. Within a few minutes Larsh was able to locate the purple Pontiac Grand Am parked in a driveway at 4985 N 920 W, in Etna Green. Larsh exited his car in attempt to find the driver when he spotted him running through a farm field.Larsh returned to his car with his emergency lights activated and paralleled the man on 400 N as the man began to run faster through the field. Larsh was following the man in his car when he was contacted by state police dispatch. The dispatcher informed Larsh that they were talking to thefarmerthat was plowing the field the suspect was running through. Thefarmer, who had called in on his cell phone, offered to help out and picked up Larsh on the side of the road. Thefarmerdrove Larsh through the field to the suspect where the man surrendered.Larsh commented that the man was more than surprised when he jumped out of the tractor with his taser drawn. "I'm pretty sure he never saw it coming. The man was assuming that thefarmerwas there to help him," stated Larsh.The suspect was identified as Jacob P. Miller, 41 of Plymouth. Purportedly Miller admitted that he got scared when he saw the police car because he was on probation and had a suspended driver's license. Miller was arrested for resisting arrest and driving while suspended.The arrest was photographed from the air by ISP Master Trooper Dan Ringer who happened to be flying his personal aircraft in the area at the time.*All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.