Springfield man arrested after stealing, wrecking truck
High-speed chase ends on Route T in Lawrence County
A Springfield man has been arrested and faces two felonies after allegedly stealing a truck from a convenience store in Shell Knob, initiating a high-speed chase and wrecking the vehicle in Lawrence County.
Larry Applegate, 27, of Springfield, is charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest by fleeing.
According to a probable cause report filed by Sgt. Shane Rowe, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, on Nov. 1 at about 10:50 a.m., Barry County dispatch reported a white Ford F350 was stolen from a convenience store in Shell Knob 10 minutes earlier, traveling north on Highway 39.
Rowe spotted the vehicle south of Route TT in Barry County, turning around and activating his lights to stop the truck. Applegate allegedly fled at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, losing control near Route T in Lawrence County and hitting a tree. Applegate then allegedly fled into a wooded area, and Rowe gave chase.
Applegate then stopped and was arrested. He said an associate, who he refused to name, pulled up next to the truck in Shell Knob and told him the keys were inside and to take the truck and follow him. A check of Applegate’s record showed he is on supervised probation for a previous tampering with a motor vehicle charge.
The victim said he left the keys to the vehicle in the cup holder and was outside the store when he saw someone leaving with his truck.
Applegate is being held in the Barry County jail on a $25,000 bond. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing was held on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.