Iowa man on tractor impales sheriff's vehicle with bale spear

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A southern Iowa man's charged with Attempted Murder, accused of impaling a Sheriff's squad car, with the front-end bale spear on a tractor.

Decatur County Sheriff's deputies were called to a rural Grand River home, May 23rd, because of an altercation between family members.

The Iowa State Patrol says 54-year-old Gerry Greenland is accused of driving his John Deere 4250 tractor toward the deputy's vehicle. The deputy dodged the vehicle. Greenland is then accused of driving the tractor toward the vehicle occupied by Decatur County Sheriff Ben Boswell.

The tractor struck Sheriff Boswell's vehicle, forcing one of the spear tines through the driver's door, and pushing Sheriff Boswell and his vehicle more than 100-feet. Once, the tractor and impaled vehicle came to rest, deputies took Greenland into custody without further incident. Sheriff Boswell was not injured.


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