An Ohio County man was arrested this week after allegedly stealing a dump truck and leading local law enforcement on an extensive pursuit. 

On Monday at approximately 3:25 p.m., Grayson County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Fred Norder observed a dump truck traveling in the Big Clifty area that fit the description of a dump truck that had been reported stolen earlier in the day.

GCSO Chief Deputy Jarrod Mudd took the initial report and immediately sent out information regarding the vehicle description.

Norder observed the driver and engaged his emergency blue lights and siren in an effort to make a traffic stop.

"However, the suspect had another brilliant idea," said Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins in a news release. "He fled in the dump truck and refused to stop for Sgt. Norder, who was in a clearly marked police cruiser."

The suspect continued on Hardin Springs Road in Big Clifty and turned off-road into a cut corn field.

The dump truck continued through the cornfield where Norder’s cruiser could not go and came to final rest against a tree leaning over a steep incline, according to the release.

Norder then pursued the suspect on foot, but was initially unsuccessful in apprehending him.

"The Big Clifty area was swarmed by law enforcement from the GCSO, KSP, and Constable Mark Stanton," Chaffins said, adding that Norder was also assisted by the Clarkson Police Department.

The release states that GCSO Lt. Sonny Poteet conducted a traffic stop some time later where the passenger fled on foot.

The passenger was apprehended, and Norder identified him as the driver of the stolen dump truck, 37 year-old Richard B. Rusher, of Hartford, Kentucky in Ohio County.

The driver of the stopped vehicle had picked up Rusher walking along the roadway, Chaffins said.

Rusher was charged with fleeing or evading police, first degree (motor vehicle); fleeing or evading police, second degree (on foot); criminal mischief first degree; receiving stolen property over $10,000; criminal mischief, third degree; disregarding stop sign; and reckless driving. He was lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional criminal charges are possible.