Man chases tractor involved in Highway 14 crash

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What was first believed to be a hit-and-run crash ended in a civilian car chase unlike any you’ve likely heard of before.

Chris Johns was returning from Richland Center when he came upon a car accident in which a woman had rear-ended a lime spreader pulled by a tractor on Highway 14 near County Road TB.

“I stopped, got out, made sure she was OK, then I noticed the tractor had left,” Johns said.

Johns responded on his own with a slow-speed chase to find the tractor-driving culprit, catching up with him about 10 miles later and meeting up with deputies.

The driver told investigators he didn’t realize he had been hit, nor that he was being followed. The woman was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries before being released. Deputies have not charged anyone in the case but are still investigating.

Johns said the lesson here is simple: If you’re looking for a getaway car and think nothing runs like a Deere…

“Definitely not,” he said. “They’re very loud and slow.”