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Police: Sugar Grove man charged after driving on farm field

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:37 p.m. CDT
Jacob P. Smith

SUGAR GROVE – A Sugar Grove man faces criminal charges on accusations he drove circles on a farm field at night and threatened a witness with a gun, according to a Kane County Sheriff's Office report.

Police responded to the 42W900 block of Jericho Road near Route 47 in Sugar Grove Township at about 12:35 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a red Dodge truck driving circles in a field, police reported.

A witness reportedly told police he flashed his lights to get the truck driver's attention.

"The driver said he thought it was OK to do what he was doing because the field had not been planted yet," police reported.

The witness reportedly told the motorist to leave the property. The report indicates the order wasn't well received.

"The driver stated that he had a gun and was not afraid to use it," police reported.

The driver did, however, flee on Route 47, but Sugar Grove police reportedly found a vehicle matching the truck's description at the home of Jacob P. Smith in the 200 block of Oxford Avenue in Sugar Grove.

Corn stalks and leaves were stuck underneath the truck, and the engine still was warm, police said. Police described Smith as appearing highly intoxicated and said in the report that he denied driving through the field and claimed to be home for two hours.

The witness, however, identified Smith as the truck driver, police reported. Smith, 34, was charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. Once at the Kane County Jail, he also was charged with possession of marijuana after authorities found the drug in his person, police reported.

The farm's owner told police he did not yet know if damage was done to the field.

Smith is expected in court May 7.

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