A Fredericktown man arrested in December for a burglary in Park Hills has been arrested for stealing a vehicle and resisting arrest after leading Farmington officers on a pursuit on Jan. 29.

Jesse Spain, 31, of Fredericktown, has been charged with felony tampering with a motor vehicle, felony resisting arrest, misdemeanor careless and imprudent driving, and misdemeanor driving while revoked. Spain is currently being held at the St. Francois County Jail on a $30,000 bond.  

According to the probable cause statement, on Jan. 29, officers were dispatch to a Judy Drive residence for a report of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was described as a red Ford Focus.

While responding to the call, the report states that an officer spotted the vehicle traveling east on Robby Lane. When the officer activated emergency lights to stop the vehicle, the driver turned east onto Burks Road and began traveling at faster speeds and failed to yield to the emergency lights.

The report states that the vehicle continued along Burks Road at speeds of 90 to 100 mph and almost struck several other motorists on the road.

The report states that the driver of the vehicle continued onto Route EE and then turned onto Valley Forge Road when the driver passed under a metal gate and entered a field.

The officer located the stolen vehicle in an abandoned field and called for K-9 backup. A cell phone was located approximately 30 feet from the vehicle.

The officer turned on the cell phone to determine if the owner could be identified from the contents of the phone. The report states that a Facebook app came up and identified the owner of the phone as Spain. Also, the officer was able to name Spain as the suspect based on the profile photo.

As previously reported, Spain was arrested and charged in December for the burglary of RP Lumber in Park Hills where he is accused of stealing more than $400 worth of merchandise. Spain was out on bond for that crime as well.

According to a probable cause statement written by Sgt. Todd Inserra of the Park Hills Police Department, he and Officer Jacob Sitton were dispatched to an alarm sounding at RP Lumber, located on Main Street in Park Hills, at approximately 1:43 a.m. on Dec. 12.

When officers arrived at the business, they checked the perimeter and outside of the building and found a broken window. While attempting to obtain access to the gated area, officers heard what they believed to be a cough, which they believed to have come from inside.

The owner of the business was contacted at that time to send someone to unlock the building. Additional officers were called to the scene to assist with securing the building until the assistant manager arrived.

While waiting for backup, Sitton stated he believed someone was underneath the deck. Sitton and Inserra were able to locate a male subject who was hiding under the deck.

After being asked to come out several times, the suspect finally complied after officers advised a K-9 Unit would be on the way.

Spain claimed he was trying to find a place to get warm. He was wearing black gloves and was found to be in possession of four shotgun rounds, a set of red and black gloves, a flashlight, a knife, a glass case containing skeleton keys, a small bottle of liquor and a phone charger.

A Milwaukee 18-volt one-fourth hex impact driver and a Kwikset Weiser key kit no. 272 set were located under the deck where Spain had been hiding.

In addition, records show that Spain had a 2010 conviction for trespassing and has trespassing and property damage charges pending from July. In addition, Spain has pending charges for assault in the third degree in Washington County.

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Matt McFarland is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616, or at mmcfarland@dailyjournalonline.com.


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