Bulldozer leads deputies on chase through Mohave County

May 1, 2019

A bulldozer stolen from Mohave County led sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit as it tore up county roadways early Tuesday morning.

According to a sheriff’s news release, deputies arrested Jeremy James Sterling, 35, of Kingman after he allegedly stole a bulldozer from the Mohave County Road Department’s gravel pit.

Deputies were dispatched to the area of Bacobi Road and Shipp Drive around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday after it was reported that a bulldozer was travelling on the roads, tearing up the asphalt. Deputies found the bulldozer in the 3300 block of Bouse Road, and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver refused to comply.

As he continued north on Bouse Road, he lowered the bulldozer’s blade, creating a trench in the road and causing damage to a water line. The bulldozer continued to strike and damage several mailboxes.

The deputies were joined in the pursuit by the Department of Public Safety’s Ranger helicopter, which continued to track the bulldozer’s trail as it ventured off the road into terrain that was impassable for patrol vehicles.

The bulldozer eventually came to a stop at Legend Ranch Road and Oro Vista Lane, and deputies conducted a high-risk traffic stop on the driver, identified as Sterling.

He was arrested and taken to the Mohave County Jail, where he was booked on felony counts of criminal damage, third-degree burglary, theft and unlawful flight from law enforcement.