Deputy's attempt to help couple ends up in arrest
Couple resisted arrest after man found to be on most wanted list
A Barry County sheriff's deputy's recent attempt to help a local family took a sour turn when he realized one of the people was on the Sheriff Office's most wanted list.
Deputy Christopher Hutson reported he was doing follow-up at the intersection of State Highway T and Farm Road 2065 with a family that had been living near a low-water bridge for about two months. The couple, Joseph Trolinger, 34, of Fairview, and Kellie Wilson, 26, of Pierce City, had three children living with them, who were five months, three years and seven years old.
Huston said he contacted The Point in Cassville, which said it could help the family, so the group began traveling to Cassville. After packing up their stuff, Hutson said he would buy food for the children at McDonald's if the couple would stop by there. Hutson then walked the area and found a loaded syringe in front of the couple's vehicle, along with a bag of filters, which Trolinger identified as his.
Hutson began following the family to McDonald's when Trolinger's vehicle slid off the road on Highway B, approximately two miles from Highway 37. Huston's report states he then realized Trolinger was listed on the Barry County Sheriff Office's most wanted list, advising him he had a warrant out for his arrest.
Trolinger asked Hutson not to take him to jail, and Hutson attempted to put him in handcuffs when Wilson stepped between the two and pushed Hutson as Trolinger attempted to escape on foot. According to the report, Wilson began coming at Huston aggressively, forcing him to use pepper spray against her. Trolinger then stopped and was handcuffed, and an officer from the Purdy Police Department arrived and placed Wilson in restraints, as she was allegedly attempting to get back in the vehicle.
Deputy Al Zabala then arrived at the seen and contacted the family of Wilson, who came to pick up the three children. Wilson was transported to Mercy Hospital in Cassville to be treated, and Trolinger was placed in the Barry County jail. After her treatment, Zabala picked up Wilson and transported her to the jail as well.
Trolinger has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class C felony, resisting arrest, a class D felony, possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and tampering with a motor vehicle, a class C felony. He is still being held in the county jail on a $25,000 bond.
Wilson is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class C felony, resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor, and assault, a class A misdemeanor. She is still being held in the county jail on a $15,000 bond.