Slow-speed tractor pursuit leads to arrest

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Jeremy Starkson

Law enforcement representatives from Spencer Police Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a slow-speed tractor pursuit in east Spencer during the early morning hours Saturday which resulted in the arrest of Jeremy Starkson, 38, of Spencer.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m., Spencer Police were attempting to check on what was described as a “suspicious” tractor being operated in the First English Lutheran Church parking lot at 1311 E. 18th St. in Spencer. The tractor operator failed to cooperate when police attempted to stop the piece of farm equipment. Starkson allegedly drove away, leading a pursuit through a residential area on the east side of town at a slow rate of speed. According to law enforcement accounts of the incident, the tractor swerved at law enforcement several times while officers attempted to deploy stop sticks. The tractor eventually drove onto the lawn at 317 E. 10th St. As Starkson attempted to leave the property, the report said “the driver used the tractor to purposely strike a police vehicle until it came to a stop on the property.”

Starkson was subsequently removed from the tractor and placed under arrest.

A follow-up investigation determined that the tractor was stolen from a Spencer residence earlier that night.

Starkson was booked into the Clay County Jail and charged with first-degree theft, a class C felony; assault on persons of certain occupations with a dangerous weapon, a class D felony; eluding, a serious misdemeanor; reckless driving, a simple misdemeanor; driving while barred, an aggravated misdemeanor; and operation without owners consent, an aggravated misdemeanor.

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