RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Colorado man is in custody in South Dakota after law enforcement authorities accused him of stealing a bulldozer and using it to damage a building and destroy a pickup truck.
Police in Rapid City say 21-year-old Justin Thornley of Empire, Colorado, was arrested Sunday on felony charges of destruction of property and aggravated grand theft.
Police say officers followed the bulldozer as it crossed a road traveling east into a field. They say Thornley also stuck electrical power poles and damaged concrete curbs while using the bulldozer.
Police say officers had to use a less-lethal beanbag shotgun, pepper spray and a stun gun as they tried to arrest Thornley.
Thornley also faces a misdemeanor count of obstructing a police officer. It’s unclear whether Thornley has an attorney.