Tip leads to arrest of derby entrant as wanted man

Following up on a tip, law enforcement officers arrested a 21-year-old man wanted in Dickinson and Saline counties during the demolition derby Saturday at the Marion County Fair.

Jacob Daniels, who is from this area, was taken into custody, without incident, according to Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft.

The best address authorities had for Daniels was in Marion County or somewhere in Nebraska, he said.

?We received a tip that one of the demolition derby drivers had an active warrant out (for his arrest),? Craft said.

?(Daniels) was extremely cooperative when three or four officers approached and asked him to identify himself,? he said.

Once in custody, Craft said, the Dickinson County Sheriff?s office asked if Marion County officers could take Daniels to the county line.

Not long after arresting him at the fairgrounds, Daniels was transferred to Dickinson County?s jurisdiction to face charges of felony theft.

He is being held in Abilene until the Saline County Sheriff?s office can transfer him, also on felony theft warrants.

Daniels was listed as one of Saline County?s ?Most Wanted? until Saturday?s arrest.

Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski was unavailable for comment, but a Web site has posted a photo of Daniels, a brief biography and the alleged crimes.

The web site, which shows the most wanted, is a joint effort by Salina police, Saline County Sheriff?s office, Crimestoppers and Salina Media Group.

Through public assistance, like what happened at the Marion County Fairgrounds, individuals wanted are brought to justice.

Tipsters could be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Stephanie Richmond, manager of the Marion County Fair, said she didn?t even know what had happened until it was over.

When she arrived at the pit area, someone asked her why they were arresting ?a guy in the purple shirt??

?So much was going on at the demolition derby,? she said, ?I don?t think many people noticed what happened.?

By the time Daniels was arrested, the derby was in full swing, she said.

Richmond said Daniels, using his real name, was a late entry in the derby.

Another individual at the event said Daniels even had his name painted on his car.

The arrest was hardly a footnote as far as fair activities went, but Craft said he was thankful that everything else turned out to be uneventful in a good way.

?Marion and Hillsboro police departments did an exemplary job and we appreciated having their assistance and additional officers,? Craft said.

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