State police Saturday afternoon tried to stop a getaway vehicle but not before they say the suspect led troopers on a wild ride through a rye field in Summit Township and police claim nearly hit multiple cruisers on a walking pace chase. All of this with his 9 year old daughter along for the ride.
Jon Shuler’s would-be escape ended when the bright red tractor sunk into the field.
Shuler, 30, of Summit Township, who is facing a list of charges and is being held in the Butler County Prison on $75,000 bail.
Police began looking for the defendant about 4 p.m. when they got a call that he was driving a tractor on Beck Road. The caller knew Shuler was wanted on a warrant,police confirmed the warrant and went to track him down.
Troopers found the tractor making its way east on Beck Road near Rimp Road, where Shuler lives. They pulled up next to it and identified the defendant, who was in the cab with his 9 year old daughter.
The officers gestured for Shuler to pull over but he continued down the road with multiple police cars, emergency lights on, in a slow pursuit. Then going on to position the tractor in the center of the road so no one could pass.
When that did not work he turned onto Kaiser Road taking the chase off road and into a planted field of winter rye.
The tractor ultimately got stuck in the field and police arrested Shuler. No injuries were reported but police accused him of causing about $500 in damage to the rye plants.
District Judge Lewis Stoughton arraigned Shuler on felony charges of agricultural crop destruction and fleeing or attempting to elude police, and misdemeanor charges of child endangerment, agricultural vandalism and resisting arrest.
He also is charged with several summary offenses including trespass, driving with a suspended license, careless driving and reckless driving.
Along with his bail in the case, Shuler remains behind bars on the bench warrant that was issued Oct. 27 after he failed to appear for drug treatment court in connection with a trespass conviction in August.