A McPherson man was arrested in rural Saline County after taking a pickup truck on a wild ride.
Saline County Undersheriff Roger Soldan says that deputies responded to the area of K 140 Highway and Hohneck Road late Thursday morning to the report of a possible domestic incident. A passerby saw what appeared to be a man trying to force a woman into a pickup truck. The truck, a 1983 Chevrolet 1500, drove off, with the man and woman both in it. The witness, following from a safe distance, observed the truck turn off Hohneck Road and drive into a field.
The truck was no longer in sight when deputies arrived. On foot they followed a trail that eventually led to the truck, crashed into a tree.
Before crashing into the tree the truck drove through a barbed wire fence and two different farmyards, including one in which the farmstead owner was out in the yard mowing and watched the truck drive through.
The truck also drove across a couple of wheat fields before crashing into a tree and becoming disabled.
When deputies found the truck, the man and woman were gone. They were located a short time later, walking in the area.
Soldan says that the driver, identified as 40-year-old Curtis Richardson, was arrested. He could face multiple charges that include trespassing, four counts of reckless driving, having an illegal registration, and having no insurance.
According to Soldan, the driver reported that he wanted to go “four wheeling.” The woman did not want to go, but eventually got in with the driver. She was suffered a slight injury when the truck crashed, a small cut to the lip. Richardson was no hurt.