Man charged after hit and run

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Drugs allegedly found in suspect's vehicle

A Cassville man is facing four felonies and a misdemeanor after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident and allegedly having drugs in his vehicle.

Matthew Deal, 36, of Cassville, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Colt Beck, officer with the Cassville Police Department, while investigating someone leaving the scene of an accident, Beck located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's vehicle parked on the back side of an apartment complex on Business 37 in Cassville.

Deal said he had freaked out after the collision because a minor in the vehicle was badly bleeding, so he left to take the minor to the hospital. After seeing the wound on the minor's head, Beck called medical responders, and they transported the minor to Mercy Hospital. Beck said he later met with hospital staff, who said neither Deal nor the minor had come to the hospital prior to the EMS transport.

While doing an inventory search of the vehicle for towing purposes, Beck allegedly found a Clonazepam pill and another unidentified half pill in a small canister, as well as a clear glass pipe with a powder substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Beck said damage to the other vehicle in the hit and run tallied more than $1,000.

Deal is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $25,000. He appeared on Monday in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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