On Monday, July 23, Thomas Busch, 37, seen in the just-released booking photo above, made his first court appearance related to a chase through downtown Denver aboard a stolen tractor on the evening of Friday, July 20.
But as is clear from the Twitter reaction to the bizarre incident, the stunt generated as much delight as terror — though the former response carries some guilt with it.
One tweeter wrote: "Fucking awesome.... I mean, not the injuries...but everything else about this!"
According to the Denver Police Department, Busch, a man with a long rap sheet, allegedly stole the tractor from City Park around 8:30 p.m. on the 20th, prompting a chase that involved dozens of police vehicles over the course of around thirty minutes and a couple of miles.
The episode finally ended in LoDo, but not without a considerable amount of damage to cars in the area, plus injuries to two police officers and Busch himself, who was taken into custody following an encounter with K-9 dogs.
Immediately after news about the tractor looniness broke, social media exploded with videos and commentary, including plenty of messages characterizing what went down as a prime example of why they love Denver.
The reaction is another reason why we love the Mile High City, too. Count down our twenty favorite tweets below.
I was casually walking my dog and got to watch a stolen tractor get chased by 40 cop cars. I LOOOVE Denver https://t.co/ukxYOy7Gpk— dominique (@domihorinks) July 21, 2018
The Denver Police got in a high speed chase involving a tractor tonight, and I’m now less homesick for Arkansas news.— Sarah Orsborn (@erniebufflo) July 21, 2018
You have to give the tractor dude credit... 30 minutes is a long time to hold off police driving a tractor. Kind of reminded me of another police chase... one that involved - who was that guy? Oh yeah, OJ Simpson.— Kristen Says 2 U (@kristensays2u) July 21, 2018
High speed tractor pursuit...in downtown Denver? pic.twitter.com/DSOQ5z1aX1— Scott Hammel (@ChaseCaseCO) July 21, 2018
This is all I can think of in my mind and I just imagine like a REALLY slow car chase as they try to get the tractor to stop. pic.twitter.com/y2ImzyZmny— Mystic (@_MrMystic) July 21, 2018
I'm aware of the dangerous stolen tractor chase in Denver last night. First, this is why I've long instructed the groundskeepers to take the keys with them when they leave their tractors. Second, this is the only valid explanation for plastic grass in the Stadium. @NDgroundscrew— Edward Sorin, C.S.C. (@FatherSorin) July 21, 2018
“The Great Denver Tractor Throwdown Hoedown”— Barry Osborne (@barry_osborne) July 21, 2018
Last night I witnessed a low-speed chase downtown, Denver. This guy stole a fucking tractor, and had like 15 cops trying to stop him. What a time to be alive— Sarah ? (@SarahMonster_) July 21, 2018
This is incredible that:— T Bird (@sunandshower) July 21, 2018
1. This even happened
2. There are so many cop cars chasing the tractor
I love Denver https://t.co/2F09QNbWS5
So he took the tractor from City Park and lead them on a chase to 16th mall, where they rammed him. I think they had to ram him cause there's pedestrians walking around? At least they didn't open fire and execute him? Yay Denver PD I guess?— Stillborn Unicorn (@StillbrnUnicorn) July 21, 2018
Only in Denver can a stolen tractor end in a dog bite https://t.co/b7SjRTpJZq— Combat Jack (@StreetMonstah) July 21, 2018
I meant to say it wasnt me! It would have taken me 6.5 hours to get to denver— Tractor Ninja (@43happyninjas) July 21, 2018
All of the Denver police department was chasing a tractor downtown... you gotta love Denver... it’s a big city yet you never forget you’re in the Wild West lmao— Juicy J (@Jessycaa_Rubi) July 21, 2018
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(Police Officer gets home to his family)— Joe Lankow (@joelankow) July 21, 2018
So honey, how was your day?
I chased a tractor through downtown...You know, typical Friday in Denver... https://t.co/SGIAGBgUmC