Indiana Man Arrested Following Pursuit

CELINA — An Indiana man was arrested Monday night following a slow-speed pursuit involving a farm tractor.

Mercer County Central Dispatch received a call from Adams County (Indiana) at 8:34 p.m. Monday requesting assistance with trying to stop a Case International 5130 Farm Tractor. Adams County also reported the tractor had struck several vehicles and did property damage while in Indiana. They further reported the operator rammed an Adams County Sheriff’s cruiser while a deputy was trying to get the tractor stopped.

A deputy from Mercer County deployed stop sticks. The suspect then swerved in an alleged attempt to strike the deputy.  The suspect also allegedly attempted to ram several patrol cars while in Mercer County. The low-speed pursuit continued through Mercer County in the area of Chattanooga, Strable  Road, and Burrville Road. The tractor eventually stopped because of mechanical problems on Burrville Road, just north of Strable Road. The suspect did not respond to verbal commands to shut off and exit the tractor.  Eventually, a Mercer County sheriff’s deputy deployed his Taser. The suspect then complied without any further incident.

The suspect was identified as Dustin D. Clouse, 20,  3916 East 200 North Decatur, Ind. Clouse was transported to Mercer Health, per policy, by a Mercer County sheriff’s deputy after being tased.  Once cleared at the hospital, he was incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on a felony charge of fleeing and eluding.  The case will be reviewed by the Mercer County and Adams County Prosecutor’s Office.  Additional charges may be filed in Ohio and/or Indiana after that review.

“This was an unusual pursuit, we are happy that no one from the public, Mr. Clouse, or law enforcement was injured,” Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said in a news release. “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.