1.1 ounces of meth found after chase

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Aurora man allegedly threw items at deputy during pursuit

An Aurora man is being held in the Barry County jail on six felony charges after 1.1 ounces of methamphetamine was allegedly found in his vehicle following a pursuit where he threw items at Lawrence County deputies' vehicles.

Caleb Evans, 35, of Aurora, is charged with drug trafficking, tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Deputy Melissa Stanford, with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, at about 9:56 a.m. on Nov. 7, she was traveling westbound on Highway 60 through Verona in search of a late 1980s to early 1990s model pickup truck, allegedly reported stolen in the past couple hours.

Stanford said the vehicle passed her going eastbound, so she turned around and initiated a pursuit. Stanford said she chased the vehicle in Marionville and back to westbound Highway 60, where Evans allegedly tried to hit three civilians, an Aurora police officer and a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper by swerving toward them head-on and forcing them off the roadway.

Evans also allegedly threw multiple items at Stanford's vehicle, including a Craftsman tool set, a 12-inch saw blade and several other items, hitting the driver's side of the windshield and front end of the vehicle. Stanford said Evans also locked up the truck multiple times in an attempt to get her to rear-end his vehicle.

Evans allegedly jumped out of the moving truck on College Street in Aurora, causing the truck to strike a light pole. He ran in a northeast direction and was taken into custody at a home at Park and College streets.

In the vehicle, another officer allegedly found a clear back with 1.1 grams of crystal meth inside. Evans' license is suspended, he has three prior convictions for suspension and he has a pending drug trafficking case in Greene County.

Evans is being held in the Barry County jail on a $250,000 bond, and a court date has yet to be set.

Also served was a warrant for vehicle theft out of Barry County. On Aug. 16 at 11:12 p.m., Evans was stopped in Christian County prior to the vehicle being reported stolen on Aug. 17 at 2:16 a.m. That vehicle was allegedly stolen from a home on Highway C in Purdy.

A case review for that tampering with a motor vehicle charge is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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