Joplin man faces 5 felonies after chase

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Speeds exceed 120 mph during Wednesday pursuit

A Joplin man is facing five felonies and two misdemeanors for alleged crimes committed in Cassville and Monett, including eluding authorities in a chase near Cassville.

Kyle Stirewalt, 30, of Joplin, is facing charges of possession of a firearm, resisting arrest creating risk of injury or death, resisting arrest, second-degree burglary and theft, all class C felonies. He is also charged with operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, both class A misdemeanors.

Sgt. Donald Privett, with the Cassville Police Department, filed a probable cause report saying at 7:02 a.m. Wednesday, a 2013 Buick Lacrosse, reported stolen from Newton County, was being tracked by OnStar and was near Exeter. Set up at Highway 76-86 and Chappell Drive, just west of Cassville, Privett said he saw the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and passing a garbage truck. Privett turned on his lights and sirens, but Stirewalt allegedly did not stop, but drove around traffic and began traveling southbound on Highway 37.

Due to the safety of other motorists, Privett ended the chase when speeds were in excess of 120 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone, and Stirewalt was allegedly passing other vehicles on hills and into oncoming traffic.

At 7:26 a.m., another Cassville officer began pursuing the vehicle, and Stirewalt crashed at Sale Barn Road and Farm Road 1107.

Inside the vehicle, Privett found a loaded Winchester Model 9422 .22 Long Rifle, a Remmington Speedmaster .22 Long Rifle and a Stevens Model 940E 12-gauge shotgun, were found unloaded in the back seat.

The weapons, along with an iPhone, a black leather Harley Davidson coat and jewelry found in the vehicle, are all believed to belong to the owner of a home on Farm Road 2030 in Monett, who reported the items missing on Tuesday.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Doug Henry with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, the owner of a home on reported several items missing, and a witness also saw an RV at the homeowner's residence earlier in the day.

Newton County deputies found a burned RV in a church parking lot, close to where the vehicle was stolen. Hilaree England, a passenger in the Lacrosse during the chase, also allegedly told police she and Stirewalt were in an RV and Stirewalt parked it at a church, then came back with the Lacrosse.

Stirewalt is being held in the Barry County jail on a $42,000 bond.

England is charged with second-degree burglary and theft, both class C felonies, and is being held in the Barry County jail on a $25,000 bond.

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