Naked Chase Suspect Tased In Corn Field Due In Court

The naked man accused of several break-ins and who was tazed in a field after trying to run away from troopers will face a judge Friday morning.

Troopers said 20-year-old Nicholas Withrow of Jacksonville threw clothing and a backpack out of his car during the 14 mile chase that ended up behind Richlands Primary School.

Jacksonville Police said Withrow topped a speed of 130 miles per hour before ditching his car and running into a cornfield behind the school.

Police searched the field with K-9's and found Withrow naked just before 9 a.m. Thursday.

Trooper Sean Spring then tazed Withrow and took him into custody.

Withrow will make his first court appearance Friday morning.



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State troopers say they tased a naked man, suspected in several break-ins, as he ran from them in a corn field.

Nicholas Withrow was chased westbound on U.S. 258 after Jacksonville police got a call about a breaking and entering with a person possibly armed. The chase ended some 14 miles away near Richlands Primary School.

Troopers say Withrow threw out a backpack and clothing along the way, and they cornered him in behind the school. Jacksonville police say at one point Withrow was driving 130 miles per hour in a 55 m.p.h. zone.

The 20-year-old man was found more than an hour later naked in a corn field. Withrow was charged by troopers with resist delay and obstruct, while additional charges were brought by Jacksonville police.

At first troopers said Withrow was hit in the buttocks, but the trooper who tased him told us he was hit in the mid section and the upper leg.

Withrow is suspected in Thursday morning's break-ins at Barnes Diamond Gallery, Jammin'Johns Music Store and the Southside Skate Shop.

His bond was set at $108,000.



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Two schools are on lockdown after a police chase that started in Jacksonville ended up in Richlands.

The Highway Patrol says it began around 7:00 a.m. Thursday when Jacksonville police got a call about a breaking and entering with a person possibly armed. The chase ended near Richlands Primary School.

Troopers say the driver threw out a backpack and clothing along the way.

Both Richlands Primary School and Richlands High School were placed on lockdown. Spokeswoman Suzie Ulbrich says there are no students in the school, just staff.

Stay with WITN-TV and WITN.com for more on this developing story.


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