DHI Media STAFF REPORT

It was a strange scene Monday as law enforcement officers got involved in a slow-speed chase that began in Decatur and ended in Mercer County, Ohio. 20-year-old Dustin D. Clouse of rural Decatur is in the Mercer County Jail on a preliminary charge of felony feeling and eluding.

The Mercer County Sheriff's Office received a call shortly after 8:30 p.m. from authorities in Adams County, Indiana about a man on a Case International 5130 farm tractor. Reportedly the tractor had struck several vehicles and did property damage in Indiana. An Adams County Sheriff's Department cruiser was rammed by the tractor as the deputy was trying to get the tractor stopped.

After crossing over into Mercer County, stop sticks were deployed. The suspect then swerved in an effort to try to strike the deputy who had placed the sticks in the roadway. The chase continued into the Chattanooga area, and the tractor came to a stop due to mechanical issues on Burrville Rd., just north of Strable Rd.Clouse did not respond to commands from deputies to shut off the engine and get down from the tractor.

Eventually, a Mercer County deputy used his taser on Clouse who then complied without any further incident. Clouse was taken to Mercer Health per policy after use of the taser. After being cleared by the hospital, Clouse was taken to jail.

“This was an unusual pursuit, we are happy that no one from the public, Mr. Clouse, or law enforcement was injured,” stated Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey. “Law enforcement agencies from both states worked well together to bring this to a safe conclusion.”

Agencies involved in the investigation were the Adams County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Office, Decatur Police Department, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

No information about what started the chase was available.