Cassville man arrested with meth in stolen vehicle

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Highway Patrol stops driver after he swerves off roadway

A Cassville man was arrested Saturday morning and faces two felonies after meth was allegedly found in the stolen vehicle he was driving.

Christopher Rawlings, 32, of Cassville, is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor driving while revoked.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Cpl. Joel Givens, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at about 8:35 a.m. Saturday, Givens was patrolling Highway 37 at Route HH and saw Rawlings’ vehicle travel off the right side of the roadway and into a private drive, then come back onto the roadway and continue north.

Givens initiated a traffic stop, and Rawlings pulled over. He allegedly told Givens he was falling asleep and his license was suspended. A check of the vehicle showed it had been reported stolen by the Cassville Police Department, which led to Rawlings’ arrest.

Det. Danny Boyd, with the Cassville Police Department, said the black 2007 Ford Focus was stolen from a residence in the 200 block of West 13th Street. It was stolen on Aug. 9 between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Boyd said the victim did not know Rawlings, and it is unknown how Rawlings had access to the vehicle.  

A search of the vehicle during the traffic stop also allegedly yielded a glass smoking pipe with residue and a baggie of a crystal substance under the driver’s seat believed to be methamphetamine.

Rawlings is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $30,000. His initial appearance was Monday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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