A man is facing felony charges in Washington County this week after allegedly stealing a truck from a local business and leading officers on a pursuit.
Kevin Michael Dicus, 29, of Potosi, was charged on Monday with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony.
According to a probable cause statement from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday, Dicus was seen driving a stolen 2003 Mazda B2300 pickup truck valued at $3,000.
About 15 minutes before, the truck had been reported to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as stolen from One Shot Auto Body on South State Highway 21.
The report states that the reporting party was following the vehicle through Potosi while speaking on the phone with a deputy. As the deputy was given updates, he relayed the information by radio to all city officers.
A unit from the Potosi Police Department was reportedly able to maneuver behind the truck and attempted to stop Dicus. The report states the man did not pull over and continued to drive the stolen vehicle north on State Highway 185 until he was forced to stop. The man reportedly kept looking in the rearview mirror to see where law enforcement was during the vehicle pursuit.
After law enforcement got the vehicle stopped, Dicus was placed into custody. He was transported to the Washington County Jail, where he was turned over without incident.
Dicus was booked on the charges, and a $25,000 bond was set in the case.
A review of Dicus’ criminal history shows he has a prior conviction for second-degree assault and two previous convictions for third-degree assault.
The man has been charged in the past with first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, a weapons violation, and multiple counts for resisting/interfering with an arrest.
Dicus is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday for a bond reduction hearing in the newly filed case.
Bobby Radford is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org