Man arrested after chase at Cassville apartments
Unsuspecting residents witness alarming scene
A man was arrested on Tuesday at about 9:45 a.m. at Woodside Apartments in Cassville off Farm Road 1135 after an alleged vehicle and foot chase by county deputies, city police and state troopers.
Benjamin Kincaid, 41, of Colorado Springs, is charged with two counts of felony resisting arrest in two separate cases, one filed by the Barry County Sheriff's Office and another filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Cpl. Joel Givens, at about 9:25 a.m., Givens was assisting Stone and Barry County deputies in locating a heavy machinery theft suspect in a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. A call from a local resident placed the vehicle on Highway 76, eastbound from the Shell Knob area.
Givens was stationary in the parking lot at Highways 86 and 76 when the truck drove by.
"The driver looked at me with surprise on his face, with big eyes," Givens said. "As I pulled out of the driveway, the Silverado began to accelerate to a high rate of speed and quickly pulled away from the white truck that was following it. The Silverado ran up on another vehicle in front of it, then quickly turned southbound onto Farm Road 1135."
Givens initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled across Farm Roads 1145 and 2200, allegedly running stop signs at about 90 miles per hour before running northbound on Highway 112.
"Wile on Missouri 112, the driver would purposely drive into the southbound lane when another vehicle was southbound, causing them to travel off the road to avoid a collision," Givens said. "The driver turned back eastbound on Missouri 76. He would again travel into the westbound lane when a vehicle was coming, causing them to run off the road to avoid a collision."
Givens said the pursuit was terminated around Highway 76 and Farm Road 1135, and the Barry County Sheriff's Office picked up the pursuit before the vehicle became disabled on Farm Road 1135.
According to a probable cause report filed by Det. Robert Evenson, he and Det. Doug Henry were notified Givens was in pursuit near Bates Corner on Highway 76. The license plate returned to another man, wanted for multiple alleged felony thefts, including the attempted theft of a forklift and skid steer on Feb. 5.
Evenson and Henry saw the suspect make an evasive maneuver and turn west onto Highway 76, and they gave chase.
"The suspect turned north on a farm road and continued on several secondary farm roads until he came to the intersection of Highway 248 and Farm Road 1135, where he turned east, then back south into a pasture," Evenson said. "After coming to the end of the pasture, the suspect jumped out of the truck and fled on foot into a duplex complex."
Evenson said after a short search, Kincaid was taken into custody. He also said during the deputies' pursuit, Kincaid would veer at oncoming traffic, nearly causing several head-on collisions.
"Due to the attempt to hi oncoming traffic, [the Highway Patrol] had terminated its pursuit of Kincaid prior to us seeing him," Evenson said. "Due to the lack of radio communication with MSHP, we did not know that until after the fact."
Evenson said when the wrecker arrived to tow the vehicle, he and Henry noticed what appeared to be methamphetamine and marijuana paraphernalia in the vehicle.
Julie Swanson, who lives in the complex where the chase ended, was outside with her dog when she heard sirens and saw several law enforcement vehicles quickly approaching from the south on Farm Road 1135.
"It was quite scary," Swanson said. "I was just taking Sugar, my dog, out, and before I knew it, there were police and state patrol surrounding the area. They told me to get back inside and lock the door, fast."
The suspect allegedly ran into the woods behind the apartments on foot, where officers and deputies pursued and apprehended him.
"[The officers] were all on foot walking around in the woods in the backyard premises," said Swanson, who has lived at the complex for several years and said the wooded setting has always been quiet and peaceful. "There has never been a situation out here like this."