Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has been whisked away by the police after presenting him to police in Kapsabet to record a statement.
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) roughed up and bundled the county boss into their car on Monday afternoon as his supporters watched.
The police took him to Kisumu Central Police Station to record a statement over the tea plantation row.
Police lobbed teargas to disperse the protesting crowd that had followed Mr Sang as he headed to Kapsabet Police Station to record a statement.
He was being sought for uprooting tea belonging to Kibwari Estate on Friday.
Earlier in the day the Governor had denied that police were looking for him.
He told reporters at his county offices on Monday morning that the uprooting of the tea was lawful and had the blessings of the National Land Commission.