Car thief hides in cornfield to avoid arrest

CREATED Aug 11, 2014

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FOND DU LAC - Authorities are calling it bizarre and dangerous. An 18-year-old man is in custody for stealing at least four cars, breaking into homes and evading sheriff’s deputies for nearly two days.

Three decades of farming and this is a first for David Kindschuh. A high-speed chase down a rural state highway continued through his crop.

“I don’t know how he made it through,” Kindschuh told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. “Drive through the cornfield to evade the police and I suffer the consequences.”

A pursuit that started in Fond Du Lac County late Saturday night reached the Dodge County cornfield. The driver eventually flipped the vehicle and disappeared into the vast, tall stalks.

Captain Rick Olig of the Fond Du Lac County Sheriff’s Office said the chase reached speeds up 90 miles per hour on two-lane roads.

Investigators say it started when the man broke into a home and stole a gun in the City of Berlin. Olig said the man stole and crashed three cars while on the run through Fond Du Lac and Dodge Counties. He stole a fourth car and evaded arrest until late Monday afternoon.

“He is armed and dangerous,” Olig said before the arrest. “We know he has a gun. We know he has ammunition and, based on what he’s done so far, he’s dangerous.”

Jefferson County authorities arrested the 18-year-old suspect in Jefferson County without incident.

Authorities are not saying what they have learned about a motivation for the crimes.