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SPENCER, Iowa | A man faces felony charges after stealing a tractor and leading officers on a slow-moving chase through a Spencer neighborhood early Saturday morning.

At 1:35 a.m., police checked on a report of a suspicious tractor in the parking lot of First English Lutheran Church, 1311 E. 18th St. When officers attempted to stop the tractor, Jeremy Starkson, 38, drove away. 

Officers pursued the tractor into residential areas on the east side of Spencer. During the slow-speed pursuit, Starkson swerved at law enforcement officers several times while they deployed stop sticks.

Starkson eventually drove onto a lawn at 317 E. 10th St. When he attempted to exit the lawn, Starkson allegedly intentionally drove the tractor into a squad car.

Starkson was removed from the tractor, which had been determined to have been stolen from a Spencer residence earlier on Saturday, and was arrested.

He was charged with assault on person with certain occupations (class D felony), theft in the first degree (class C felony), driving while barred (aggravated misdemeanor), eluding (serious misdemeanor), and reckless driving (simple misdemeanor). He was booked into the Clay County Jail.

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