Olivia Man Arrested After Soybean Field Chase 09 Jul 13

An Olivia man made his first court appearance Monday on a felony

charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle for allegedly

fleeing from a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputy on Saturday through

soybean fields near Atwater at speeds of 40 to 50 mph.

The West Central Tribune reports unconditional bail for

44-year-old Gregory Dean Roush was set at $20,000. His next appearance

is Aug. 5. Roush also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of driving

after cancellation – inimical to public safety.

According to the complaint, a license check showed the owner of

the vehicle had a suspended license. When the officer attempted to

make a traffic stop, the vehicle slowed and the deputy was about to

exit the squad car when the vehicle sped away.

The vehicle went onto a driveway, almost hit two people, and then

traveled into a soybean field at speeds of 45 to 50 mph before turning

back onto the driveway, going over Highway 12 and into another soybean

field on the south side of the roadway. The deputy, who pursued with

lights and sirens, estimated that the vehicle traveled 300 yards in

the first bean field and between 500 and 600 yards in the second

field. The pursuit ended when the vehicle got stuck in the ditch while

attempting to get back onto Highway 12.

The deputy approached the vehicle with his firearm drawn and

pulled Roush out of the vehicle after Roush failed to comply with

multiple commands. He threw his keys at the deputy and said, “I don’t

know why you are pulling me over. I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Roush continued to not cooperate and was handcuffed by other

responding deputies. There were many unopened bottles of beer and an

unopened bottle of liquor in the vehicle. Roush refused a preliminary

breath test, but allowed another field sobriety test, which showed no

clues of intoxication.