Farmer helps trooper nab traffic violator

ISP photo of a trooper taking a traffic suspect into custody.

A northern Indiana farmer out in his field helped police nab a traffic offender.

ISP Lt. Chad Larsh was driving to a meeting last week when he noticed an erratic driver in Kosciusko County. As he pursued the driver, running the vehicle's registration information, he lost sight of the purple Pontiac Grand Am.

Minutes later, he spotted the car in the driveway of an Etna Green home and saw the driver running through a farm field. As Larsh drove parallel to the man as he ran through the field, dispatchers told him a farmer had called them and offered to pick Larsh up.

The farmer drove the trooper to the man in his tractor, surprising the suspect when Larsh jumped out with his TASER drawn.

"I'm pretty sure he never saw it coming. The man was assuming that the farmer was there to help him," Larsh said.

The suspect, 41-year-old Jacob Miller of Plymouth, told police he was on probation and driving on a suspended license when he saw the trooper's car and panicked. He was arrested for resisting arrest and driving while suspended.