A dump truck driver being pursued by Dodge County deputies following a domestic fight Wednesday night dumped the load of dirt and rock to stymie squad cars, but the truck eventually got stuck in mud and the driver was arrested. Theodore Tamminga, 34, rural Randolph, was taken into custody on a variety of charges, including his alleged fifth drunken driving offense, the Sheriff’s Office said. It all started at about 7 p.m. Wednesday when deputies responded to a family disturbance at a home in the town of Westford.
“The complainant told dispatchers the suspect was leaving in a dump truck,” said Sheriff Dale Schmidt. A deputy in the area saw the truck on Hickory Point Road, the truck then going north on Highway G. “The deputy tried to make a traffic stop but the suspect kept going,” Schmidt said. During the pursuit, Tamminga raised the bed of the dump truck, dumping the load of rock and dirt onto the highway. “The debris covered both lanes for about 40 to 50 yards,” Schmidt said. “The squads were able to navigate through the debris.” The pursuit continued into Columbia County where Tamminga drove off the highway into a field, the truck getting stuck in mud. Other charges pending against Tamminga include fleeing/eluding an officer, operating after revocation, resisting or obstructing an officer and recklessly endangering safety. Nobody was hurt during the incident.