Farmer helps trooper catch fleeing suspect

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. -- A farmer in a tractor helped an Indiana State Police lieutenant capture a man who was allegedly fleeing to avoid arrest.

Indiana State Police Lieutenant Chad Larsh was driving in rural Kosciusko County last week when he spotted an erratic driver. He lost sight of the car, but then found the purple Pontiac Grand Am parked in a driveway in Etna Green.

Lieutenant Larsh got out of his vehicle and spotted the suspect running through a farm field.

Larsh drove parallel to the suspect when he was contacted by dispatch. The farmer who was plowing the field the suspect was running through called police on his cell phone.

The farmer picked up Larsh on the side of the road and drove him to the field where the suspect surrendered.

Larsh said the suspect, Jacob P. Miller, was surprised to see him get out of the tractor.

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

Miller allegedly admitted he ran 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.

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