A man driving a stolen tractor led police on a slow speed pursuit through a residential area on the east side of Spencer early Saturday.
Police say it all started shortly after 1:30 a-m when an officer checked on a suspicious tractor being operated in the parking lot at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer. Officials say the driver refused to stop for police and continued on, leading officers on a pursuit, occasionally swerving at them while they tried to deploy stop sticks. Eventually the tractor drove onto the lawn of a residence. Upon leaving the property, police say the tractor was purposely driven into a police squad car before finally coming to a stop. The driver, 38-year-old Jeremy Starkson of Spencer, was removed from the tractor and was arrested.
Upon further investigation police discovered the tractor had been stolen from a residence in Spencer.
Starkson was booked into the Clay county jail on charges of eluding, reckless driving, driving while barred, assault on persons of certain occupations with a dangerous weapon, operation without owner’s consent and first-degree theft.
Spencer police were assisted by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
(Story from Y-100, Spencer)