Illinois man leads police on 2-county tractor chase

ATHENS, Ill. — A suburban man on a large tractor led police on a low-speed chase through two counties Thursday, according to the Menard County Sheriff’s Office.

It all started when Daniel Moose, 29, was spotted driving a large farm tractor erratically through a subdivision in rural Athens, authorities said.

When police tried to stop Moose, he refused to brake — and instead rode his tractor along Menard County roads, farm fields and open grass areas. He at one point tried to strike a police car with the tractor, the sheriff’s office said; he failed.

According to the State Journal-Register, the chase hit an estimated top speed of 22 mph before it finally ended in Sangamon County, where Moose was bested by a narrow bridge on the Sangamon Valley Trail.

Law enforcement from multiple towns and both counties traveled ahead of the tractor Thursday to warn other motorists and block intersections, the Menard County sheriff said. Officers were able to talk to Moose at several points; he refused to stop and made suicidal remarks, authorities said.

Moose, of Athens, is in custody. The Menard and Sangamon County state’s attorneys are reviewing the case.