Man steals UTV, car, flees from police
Wed, 06/08/2022 - 1:29pm admin
Amanda Mendez, Publisher
A West Plains man remains in custody after a rampage of theft and destruction last week. Brad A. Davis, 26, was arrested by Howell County Sheriff's Deputies on June 2 after leading them on a chase through Howell and Douglas Counties in a stolen sedan.
Law enforcement began searching for Davis the previous night when Deputy Travis Weaver responded to West Plains Marine & Power Sports on US Highway 160 at 11:00 p.m. According to a release from the Sheriff's Office, an Artic Cat Utility Vehicle had been used to damage chain link fencing at the business. The UTV was abandoned upside down on the scene. Another Arctic Cat Utility Vehicle had been stolen.
The UTV stolen Wednesday night was reported found on Thursday morning at approximately 8:30 a.m. Deputies processed the vehicle for evidence and released it back to the owner.
By 9:15 a.m., Deputy Devon Mendenhall was responding to a report of a 2001 Toyota Avalon that had been stolen overnight from Henry's RV Park, which was "within close proximity of the UTVs," reads the release.
Deputies located the stolen sedan near State Route 181 in Douglas County. Davis led deputies on "a lengthy pursuit" in Douglas and Howell County before he was arrested at the Siloam Springs Cemetery on County Road 5730 in Howell County at approximately 6:45 p.m.
Davis had an active warrant at the time of his arrest. In connection with the thefts, he has been charged in two separate matters: one case for a charge of resisting arrest for a felony and a separate case for one count of stealing a motor vehicle, one count of first-degree property damage with intent to steal, and one count of first-degree property damage.
In addition to the charges for his alleged actions on June 1 and 2, Davis faces a slew of burglary, stealing, and resisting arrest charges for a May 25 incident. In March this year, he was charged with third-degree domestic assault. He faces an additional stolen vehicle charge for a May 17 incident. On June 3, Davis was also charged with three counts of forgery.
Online court records show Davis posted a bond on April 18 and then again on May 23 in these matters. At press time, he remains in custody in the Howell County Jail.