HURON EAST — Having crashed his own ride, an allegedly drunken motorist went on an attempted car-jacking rampage before smashing a farm tractor into a tree as the owner clung to the machine. Huron County OPP say they ultimately tasered the “out-of-control” man to effect his arrest.
The harrowing series of events unfolded on the afternoon of March 27, when a suspected impaired driver rolled a vehicle at the intersection of Walnut Road and Morrison Line. He then brandished a weapon and tried — unsuccessfully — to steal the vehicle of a passerby who had stopped at the scene, before fleeing on foot to a nearby farmhouse. Failing to carjack another vehicle at the house, the accused located a farm tractor on the property, started it up, and began “driving dangerously around” as the owner clung to its side, the detachment says.
“The owner was able to veer the tractor away from the residence; however, the tractor collided with a large tree on the property. Ultimately the owner gained control of the tractor and got it stopped. Upon doing so the accused exited the machine and once again took off running.”
That’s when officers arrived and subdued the suspect in a nearby field.
Huron County OPP report that 30-year-old Justin Field of Central Huron is charged with:
- Robbery with Intent
- Robbery with a Weapon
- Dangerous Operation
- Resist a Peace Officer
- Operation While Prohibited
- Theft Over $5,000 of a Motor Vehicle
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order – Two Counts
- Possession of a Weapon Contrary to a Prohibition Order
- Operation While Impaired
The accused remains in custody pending a March 31 court appearance in Goderich.