Police use military tactical vehicle to subdue renegade bulldozer in Columbus
The driver of this bulldozer made obscene hand gestures, drove through medians, exceeded 6 MPH and later told police he was on the spree.
COLUMBUS, Ind. – The driver of a bulldozer that drove through the streets of Columbus and only stopped when authorities brought in a military-grade tactical vehicle is in jail, police said.
At around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, Columbus Police officers received a call regarding a suspicious bulldozer in US Area 31 and Hawcreek Blvd.
The officers found this bulldozer in the area of 17th and Central Avenue, and attempted to carry out a traffic check.
Adam Jackson, 26, Gray, KY, refused to stop, instead leading officers in a southbound chase on Central.
Officers used a sound system in the car and gave Jackson several commands to stop.
Jackson continually made obscene gestures to the police throughout the chase, while reaching speeds of up to 6 mph.
CPD had three officers directly involved in the chase, while other officers blocked busy intersections on Central Ave.
Police said Jackson had passed the medians and officers said they were concerned he might enter Haw Creek near 3rd Street and Central Avenue.
At this point, Columbus Police said they requested the use of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s MRAP to prevent Jackson from driving in populated areas.
An MRAP is a military grade tactical vehicle designed to withstand IEDs and ambushes.
Jackson eventually stopped the bulldozer in a Cummins parking lot near 3rd Street and was stopped without incident.
Jackson told officers he was “joyriding”.
Jackson was transported to Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded on the following preliminary charges: resistance to law enforcement, vehicle theft and criminal recklessness.
Columbus Police said a prosecution involving a bulldozer was a first for them.
Police did not say what type of bulldozer or MRAP was used in the incident.