Tractor driver who led deputies on crazy chase could face more charges

DECATUR, Ind. (WANE) The driver of a tractor could face more charges, after leading police on a low-speed chase Monday night.

Around 7:30 p.m., the Adams County Sheriff’s Department said officers responded to Third Street in Decatur on a report of vandalism.

Dustin Clouse, 20, who was driving a tractor ran over at least one car and a railing at the local library.

Cell phone video captured part of the bizarre chase.

“I tell ya, it was a unique situation. In my almost 23 years, I’ve never experienced a low-speed pursuit with a tractor,” said Captain Martin Emerine of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

Clouse was driving about 18 miles per hour, for at least two hours and hit an Adams County cruiser and swerved at deputies.

Once Clouse crossed the state line into Ohio, officers brought in Mercer County deputies to help with the pursuit.

Police put down several sets of stop sticks to try to slow him.

“The tractor just kept going,” said Captain Emerine.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department has dealt with Clouse in the past and said he is autistic.

Police said they tried to turn their sirens and lights off and talk to him over the intercom system, which didn’t work.

Clouse was finally forced to stop due to mechanical problems.

“The deputy actually reached up and turned off the key in the tractor and then the subject wasn’t responding,” said Captain Emerine.

That’s when he tased him.

Thousands of dollars of damage later, police are thankful no one was hurt.

“It was a peaceful ending to a chaotic and potentially danger situation,” said Captain Emerine.

The tractor was towed back to Adams County and taken to Clouse’s family. Clouse faces a felony charge of fleeing and eluding. However, since he swerved at deputies, police expect more charges to follow.

Police responded to a report of vandalism at the Adams County Public Library.
Police responded to a report of vandalism at the Adams County Public Library.

 

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