Kansas Man Steals Combine, Starts Slowest Cop Chase Ever
If you want to run away from the cops, there are some pretty ideal vehicles out there. Typically, you want something fast, yet nondescript. For Kenneth Melvin Lamb, Jr., a 37-year-old man from Ellinwood, Kansas, this ideal getaway car wasn’t a car at all—it was a Case IH combine.
What might possibly be the slowest police chase ever began when Lamb stole the combine, a farm implement used to harvest grain crops, Tuesday night from the cornfield in central Kansas. The combine, which is actually owned by John Roth, eluded officers at speeds approaching a wicked 20 miles per hour. During the chase, the Ellinwood man managed to not only ram two patrol cars, but also hit a parked pickup truck and damage power poles as he went along.
We think it’s safe to say this cop chase won’t be featured on the next episode of Cops.
The police were called to the Roth farm around 9:45pm after receiving a call about an abandoned vehicle nearby. They then received a 911 call about a combine with no lights “weaving from ditch to ditch” east of the small town.
It should come as no surprise that this is the first time the Barton County Sheriff’s Department has entered a police chase with a combine.
“Since 1981, I’ve chased a lot of vehicles, but we’ve never chased a combined,” said Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir.
Eventually, the police were able to stop the combine-stealing criminal, firing 18 rounds into the farm implement. Lamb was arrested on suspicion of several charges, and was charged with several criminal violations in Barton County court. These charges include aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, causing damage to two police vehicles, and theft of the combine. Lamb could face anywhere from 31 to 136 months in prison.
It looks like Lamb will definitely have to reap what he has sown.
News Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch