Stolen bulldozed recovered in Golden Valley. (Photo courtesy of MCSO)
GOLDEN VALLEY — The Department of Public Safety Ranger Helicopter was dispatched to chase a bulldozer through the desert.
Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Jeremy James Sterling, 35, of Kingman, for two counts of criminal damage, third degree burglary, theft and unlawful flight from law enforcement, all felonies.
MCSO was dispatched about 3:15 a.m. April 30 to the area of Bacobi Road and Shipp Drive in reference to a bulldozer tearing up asphalt on the roads. Deputies located the bulldozer in the 3300 block of Bouse Road and tried to make a traffic stop. Deputies said the driver did not comply.
MCSO said the bulldozer continued north on Bouse Road and lowered the blade, creating a trench in the road and causing damage to a waterline. The bulldozer also struck and damaged several mailboxes.
The Department of Public Safety Ranger Helicopter responded and tracked the bulldozer as it ventured off the road into terrain that was impassible for the patrol vehicles. The bulldozer finally stopped at Legend Ranch Road and Oro Vista Lane. Deputies identified the driver as Sterling. He was taken into custody and transported to the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility without incident.
Deputies followed the tracks and found the bulldozer had been stolen from storage at the Mohave County Road Department gravel pit.
The Mohave County Roads Department responded and began assessing the damage to the roads. This investigation is ongoing.
Source: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office