On-Board GPS Tracks Stolen Truck From Champaign, Illinois To Ferdinand Farm Field



FERDINAND (NNDC) – Police used the on-board GPS of a pickup truck stolen in Champaign, Illinois to track it to a parking lot in Ferdinand yesterday afternoon.

Ferdinand police say they received notification that the truck was in Ferdinand at about 1:30PM.

A Ferdinand police officer located the truck a short time later parked at the CVS store on Industrial Park Road.  The officer attempted to stop the truck at CVS, but driver threw it into gear and took off.

Police followed it through the parking lot into a field behind the Subway restaurant. The driver continued off-road through the field until he wrecked in a ditch just east of Mariah Hill Road.  The man then tried to run away on foot until officers caught him in a nearby wooded area.

Photos of Baldwin’s arrest at the end of the pursuit can been seen on the Ferdinand News Facebook page

The man, 25-year old Richard Baldwin of Columbia, Kentucky was taken into custody.  He’s charged with a felony count of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle as well as receiving stolen property.  He’s also been charged with two counts of theft and criminal mischief.  Police say these are the just the charges he faces here in Dubois County.  He has yet to be formally charged in Illinois where the truck was intially stolen.

Ferdinand police say the damaged crops belong to Francis Luebbehusen.  The crops are on land belonging to Joe Ketner, both men are from Ferdinand. Damage to the land and crops… an estimated $2,500.

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