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Courtesy Indiana State Police Master Trooper Dan Ringer
Indiana State Police Lt. Chad Larsh arrests a suspect with the help of a farmer who was plowing a Kosciusko County field.

Farmer helps nab suspect in cross-field chase

Courtesy Indiana State Police Master Trooper Dan Ringer
The farmer picked up Larsh on the side of the road and drove him across the field to the suspect.

Don’t bother running from the law in rural Kosciusko County: The farmer might have someone in his tractor from the state police who is carrying a Taser.

According to an account released Thursday by Indiana State Police, Lt. Chad Larsh was driving to a meeting last week when he spotted a purple Pontiac Grand Am driving erratically in the Etna Green area.

The Bremen Post commander was running the vehicle information through the system and lost sight of the car. He soon spotted it in the driveway at 4985 N. County Road 920 West and then saw the driver running through a farm field.

With his emergency lights going, Larsh drove parallel to the suspect along County Road 400 North until the state police dispatcher told the lieutenant that they were talking to the farmer who was plowing the field.

The farmer, who had called in on his cellphone, offered to help and picked up Larsh on the side of the road. The farmer drove Larsh across the field to the suspect.

Larsh jumped out of the tractor with his Taser drawn.

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

The 41-year-old Plymouth man was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and driving while suspended. Both are misdemeanors, and The Journal Gazette does not routinely name those who are not charged with felonies.

The arrest was photographed from the air by state police Master Trooper Dan Ringer, who happened to be flying his personal aircraft in the area at the time, state police said.

Police did not release the farmer's name.