Joplin man pleads guilty to 4 charges

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Man who led police on chase gets 5 years probation

A Joplin man who led Cassville police on a chase exceeding 120 miles per hour pleaded guilty to four charges recently in Barry County court.

Judge Jack Goodman sentenced Kyle Stirewalt, 30, of Joplin, to five years of probation and required completion of the Jasper County CRISP program after Stirewalt pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest by fleeing, second-degree burglary and theft.

Sgt. Donald Privett, with the Cassville Police Department, filed a probable cause statement saying at 7:02 a.m. Sept. 16, 2015, 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, driving around traffic and 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 allegedly 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 the day before the chase.

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.

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