Harley wrecked on Tuesday allegedly stolen
Driver arrested, released to be charged with misdemeanor warrants
An Exeter man injured Tuesday in a wreck on Highway 76 allegedly stole the Harley Davidson motorcycle involved in the crash.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol arrest report Matthew Parker, 33, of Exeter, was arrested at 5 p.m. Tuesday and charged with felony tampering with a motor vehicle, driving while revoked, careless and imprudent driving, operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle endorsement and leaving the scene of a motor crash.
Parker was being held in the Barry County jail, but jail staff said he was released on no bond and was expected to be charged on misdemeanor warrants. Amy Boxx, Barry County prosecutor, said her office has yet to receive a probable cause statement.
The wreck occurred at 3:40 p.m. on Highway 76 at Farm Road 2192. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Parker was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson eastbound when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.
Parker and a passenger, Amanda Parker, 31, of Wheaton, each suffered minor injuries. Amanda Parker was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Cassville, and Matthew Parker was transported in a patrol car to the same hospital.
Both were wearing safety devices, and damage to the Harley was extensive.