Farmer's Crops Damaged In Grady County Police Pursuit


Thursday, June 23rd 2016, 10:13 pm
By: News 9


Art Kell still hasn't come to terms with what has happened to his crops. “I’ve got five years I’ll have to live with this,” he said.

He farms about 800 acres of land in Grady County, growing peanuts, cotton and alfalfa.

“When you drive over it while you’re spinning out, you burn it. You kill it. That plant right there is dead,” he said as he pointed to parts of his alfalfa.

On Tuesday, Bob Mills SkyNews 9 was overhead and police dash cameras were rolling as authorities chased a white truck. It started in Minco and miles later it ended up going through Kell's fields.

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“I got up there and I mean I saw the dirt blowing everywhere,” he said.

Kell served as sheriff of Grady County from 2008 to 2012. He said the pursuit should've ended before even getting to his farm.

“I think it’s senseless. I really do,” he told News 9.

But instead, he said the suspect and authorities left tracks all over his livelihood.

Kell said they also took out an irrigation cable, which is a crucial part of his operation in the heat, not to mention costly. But he said that's not what bothers him the most.

“To me it’s more of an integrity issue. You know, I’d like to have an apology and let me know what they’re going to do about it,” he said.

Kell was bothered by the fact that he apparently hadn’t been paid a visit by the Minco Police Chief or the Grady County Sheriff, both agencies that were involved in the chase.

Both the Minco Police Chief and the Grady County Sheriff told News 9 they're doing everything they can to catch the person involved in the pursuit so he can be held responsible for what he did.

Police said the truck was a 2008 Chevy with a tool box, the passenger’s side brake light was damaged and the Texas tag number is CKS-7571.

Call police with any information.