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Man arrested after 'bulldozer pursuit' ends in field near Plattsmouth airport

 Chad Thiessen (Courtesy Cass County Sheriff's Office)
Chad Thiessen (Courtesy Cass County Sheriff's Office) (WOWT)
Published: Jun. 5, 2020 at 11:12 AM CDT
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A man who allegedly stole a bulldozer early Friday morning told 911 he was on his way to Omaha to protest corruption and false information stemming from the media and government, according to the Cass County Sheriff's Office.

Chad Thiessen, 39, of rural Murray, stole a bulldozer from a construction site in Murray, then "fortified" the driver's area to make it more difficult for others to get to him.

Sheriff WM Brueggemann stated Cass County dispatchers received a call at 5:32 a.m. from Thiessen.

"He had obtained a bulldozer and was en route to Omaha to protest and deliver a message to the world about all the corruption and false information the media and government are communicating. Thiessen warned all to stay out of his way," Brueggemann said.

," saying that dispatch received a report at 6:55 a.m. that a "bulldozer" was driving along the grassy shoulder of southbound Highway 75, then drove across the highway, into the field and headed north toward the airport.

A Nebraska State Patrol helicopter tracked the bulldozer, and a significant police presence was on the scene where Thiessen came to a stop.

Deputies attempted to make contact with Thiessen near Highway 75 and near the Plattsmouth Airport. They were able to divert him west onto a county roadway.

"Thiessen damaged the runway, farm fields and twice became entangled on the Union Pacific Rail Road tracks," Brueggemann stated.

Authorities said the bulldozer had been reinforced with "lumber and timber to avoid anyone trying to stop him."

Law enforcement eventually convinced Thiessen to stop and come out. He was arrested and is charged with "numerous offenses."

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