Mounties commandeer snowmobile – catch the bad guy on the tractor

Canadian Mounties were able to commandeer a snowmobile in order to track down a suspect who allegedly stole firearms and other items and then took off on a John Deere 6400 tractor.

“Blackfalds RCMP began following the movements of the tractor along the fields and secondary roads,” the RCMP said in a release. “The tractor was crashing through farmers’ fences and stands of trees on their properties.”

According to RCMP officers, Jesse Cecka was not “an experienced tractor driver, by any stretch of the imagination.”

“It was just tractor speed across the fields and secondary roads,” Cpl. Barry Ledoux told the Edmonton Journal.

The 25-year-old was captured after he rolled the tractor after it stalled while going up a hill.

…Ledoux said. “It was unique, but at the end of the day, the citizens of the area were happy we got the guy.”

Cecka was charged with break and entry, theft, theft over $5,000 for the tractor, breach of existing court documents and multiple counts of mischief.

My kind of police chase.

Hedge-trimmer cuts through the roof of a loaded school bus

Four children have been hurt after a tractor’s hedge-trimming tool cut open the roof of a double-decker bus like a tin can.

Paramedics were called to the accident in Wivenhoe, Essex, at 8.22am on Thursday…Trevor Redburn, assistant general manager for the East of England ambulance service in north Essex, said: “We arrived within five minutes and it was quite a scary-looking scene. We counted 45 children who were all shocked and confused.”

The four who were hurt were described as having “slight injuries”.

The vehicle responsible had been trimming branches along Alresford Road in Wivenhoe, from where the bus was transporting pupils to secondary school in Brightlingsea.

A replacement bus service was organised and parents arrived to take the injured children to hospital.

Cripes. I worry enough about kids being injured in their school bus. Few municipalities require seat belts and the tin cans they ride in have a surplus of hard surfaces to bump into – whilst flying through the air after a collision.

But, I never thought I’d have to worry about decapitation.