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Mosquitoes Help Cops Subdue Fleeing Suspect

Alleged getaway driver in booze theft surrenders in a Wisconsin cornfield
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2018 7:11 AM CDT
Stop, or we'll bite.   (Getty/Hans Verburg)

(Newser) – First came the crime-fighting cows. Now, the mosquitoes. Police in Wisconsin's Fond du Lac County say they arrested a fleeing suspect who surrendered in a cornfield because he couldn't take the swarming mosquitoes anymore, reports ABC7 Chicago. "When we handcuffed him he asked us to wipe his forehead because he had 15-20 mosquitoes on his forehead at that time," says Campbellsport Police Chief Thomas Dornbrook.

John Wilson faces charges including felony eluding. Police say he was the getaway driver after a companion left a liquor store with unpaid alcohol, reports the Fond du Lac Reporter. That led to a high-speed chase before Wilson and the other man each bailed from the car. Wilson might have eluded police—a dog, a drone, and officers could not find him—if not for the mosquitoes. Police say they know the identity of the other man and are still trying to pick him up. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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