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Charges Filed in Pursuit that Injured Deputy

 

Charges have been filed in the string of burglaries in Lawrence County on Saturday that led a Lawrence County Deputy to pursue and eventually get hit head on by the suspect who was driving a stolen vehicle from Webster County.

Jason D. Harvey 35 has been charged with two counts of 1st degree assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, Armed Criminal Action, 1st degree burglary and 2nd degree burglary. 

Deputies responded to an alarm call at a residence south of Mt. Vernon.  While at the scene of the 1st burglary, a second burglary in progress was called into 911 stating that a homeowner was at her residence and someone had made forced entry into her home.

The suspect soon left and witness were able to identify the vehicle and a license plate number of the suspect.  While enroute to the second call a deputy spotted the vehicle and attempted to make stop it.  The vehicle failed to yield and at one point drove towards the deputies car nearly striking him.

The deputy continued to pursue the vehicle across rural roads and again the suspect turned the vehicle around and came at the deputy's car striking it head on.  The suspect then exited the vehicle and the deputy gave chase on foot, tackling the suspect.  A short struggle ensued but the deputy was able to take the suspect into custody.  A loaded handgun was also found in the front passenger seat of the vehicle that was readily accessible by the suspect.

The deputy received minor injuries as did the suspect.  Both were treated at the scene and cleared.  The investigation continues and more charges could be pending.

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Deputy injured while pursuing a burglary suspect in a stolen vehicle

   

A Lawrence County Deputy received minor injuries after being struck head on by a fleeing burglary suspect who was also driving a stolen car.

Deputies received dispatches to two burglary calls in the Mt. Vernon area.  One call was reported as a burglary in progress when a neighbor called 911 giving dispatch a vehicle description and license plate of the possible burglar.

As deputies were responding, the vehicle was spotted and the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle.  The suspect failed to stop for the deputy and he began pursuing the vehicle through rural Mt. Vernon and Aurora.

During the pursuit the suspect vehicle managed to turn around head towards the deputy striking his vehicle nearly head on.

After the suspect struck the deputies car, the suspect fled the vehicle.  The deputy, after receiving injuries from the crash, exited his vehicle and pursued the suspect on foot where he tackled and took the suspect in to custody.

Other deputies along with the Highway Patrol arrived on scene securing the scene which ended up in a rural residents front yard.

The vehicle was determined to have been stolen out of Webster County.  A search of the vehicle also located a loaded handgun in the passenger front seat.

Both the deputy and the suspect were examined by EMS on scene and cleared.

Multiple charges are pending in this case.

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Lawrence County's St. Patrick's Day DWI Enforcement Crackdown 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Enforcement Campaign a Success

Declaring Lawrence County's participation in the national St. Patrick's Day Crackdown "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" substance - impaired driving crackdown a major success, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office reported that one (1) substance-impaired driving arrest, one (1) felony arrest and one (1) fugitive was apprehended. 

107 traffic stops were made during the enforcement period that included nine (9) traffic citations and 107 warnings were issued for various traffic violations.

"I am proud of our Deputies for their hard work and dedication to making our region's roadways safer," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.

"Substance-impaired driving is more than a reckless choice by a few individual," Sheriff DeLay said.  "Each year, substance-impaired driving costs the lives of thousands on America's highways."

In 2016, there were 179 fatalities and 643 serious injuries that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.  That equates to one substance-impaired driving fatality every 2 days.

During the St. Patrick's Day holiday March 17-20, 2016, two (2) people were killed and eight (8) seriously injured which, involved at least one substance-impaired driver.  The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in this year's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

For more information, visit the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.

 

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Joins National St. Patrick's Day Holiday Crackdown To Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities

Deputes will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide St. Patrick's Day Holiday "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" substance-impaired driving crackdown.  The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Lawrence County, will run from March 16-19, 2017.

The effective nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance-impaired driving over the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said its deputies will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Although it is illegal in al 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol.  The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation's continuing drunk driving epidemic.

"Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "In 2016, 179 people were killed and 643 seriously injured on Missouri's roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver."  That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driver involved fatality every (2) two days.

Sheriff DeLay added the St. Patrick's Day holiday is particular dangerous.  During the St. Patrick's Day holiday March 17-20, 2016, two (2) people were killed and eight (8) seriously injured involving at least one substance-impaired driver.

"Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Lawrence County's roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday," said Sheriff DeLay.

"We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea.  Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impair your ability to operate a vehicle, safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive.  If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel.  If you do choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested.  No warnings. NO excuses," Sheriff DeLay said.

Sheriff DeLay noted that being arrested for driving under the influence of any substance brings a wide range of negative consequences into one's life.  Substance-impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job.   When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

"Driving while impaired is simply not worth the risk.  So don't take the chance.  Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,'" said Sheriff DeLay.

For more information, visit the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.

 

 

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office to Participate in Youth Seat Belt Enforcement

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office announced today they are joining with statewide law enforcement March 15-31 for an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization to crack down on Missouri's seat belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities.

Only 70 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.  Eight out of ten teen vehicle drivers and passengers killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

Under the Graduated Driver's License (GDL) law, teens are required to wear their seat belt as it's a primary offense, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their seat belt.

"Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "We'll be out there to remind you seat belts can - and do - save lives."

Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

Buckle UP and Arrive Alive.   For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

 

Call Stats for February 2017 Released

TRAFFIC February 2017
DWI 1
DWR/DWS/NO DL 2
SPEEDING 42
FAIL TO REGISTER 6
LANE VIOLATION 14
FAIL TO STOP 7
NO INSURANCE 3
NO SEATBELT 0
C AND I DRIVING 6
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 3
NO FRONT PLATE 1
INVESTIGATIVE 3
WARRANT ARREST 5
OTHER HMV 0
OTHER NON HMV 2
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 81
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS 6
TOTAL WARNINGS 75
CALLS FOR SERVICE February 2017
STEALING/THEFT 21
BURGLARY 15
PROPERTY DAMAGE 9
ASSAULT 11
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 22
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 1
NARCOTICS 1
HARASSMENT 11
ALARM 22
FIRES 13
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 19
TRESPASS 5
CIVIL MATTER 10
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 63
DEATH 3
MOTORIST ASSIST 6
911 HANG UP 33
CHECK WELL BEING 14
ANIMAL 29
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 26
MEDICAL 16
CHECK VEHICLE 35
CITIZEN CONCERN 63
PYSCOLOGICAL CALL 7
MISCELLANEOUS 23
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 4
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 498
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 16
   

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Releases Results of Click It or Ticket Enforcement

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office ticketed one (1) motorist for not wearing a seat belt during the February 16th Click It or Ticket mobilization.  Law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri participated in this statewide effort to get more motorists to buckle up - and save more lives.

During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total of 20 traffic citations including: one (1) seat belt ticket; ten (10) speeding tickets; and nine (9) other traffic violations.  One (1) felony arrest was made as a result of the enforcement.

Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one in five Missouri motorists are still not making it click.  Even more concerning, six out of ten Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

"Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash," stated Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "We will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up and Arrive Alive."

For more information on Missouri's seat belt use, visit www.saveMOlives.com.  Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.

 

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office to Step Up Seat Belt Enforcement

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement on February 16 for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up - and save more lives.

Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, 20% of Missouri motorists are still not making it click.  Even worse, 63% of occupants killed in crashes in Missouri were unrestrained.

"Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket enforcement," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "We'll be out there to remind you seat belts can - and do - save lives."

Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.  For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

 

Sheriff's Office to Sponsor Car Show for Children's Charity

 

                                            2nd Annual SHOW OFF YOUR RIDE

                                                Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show

MAY 6, 2017 9am – 1pm

at Gay Parita on

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: 25 miles west of Springfield on Historic Route 66 (about 3 miles west of Halltown on Old 66).   Gay Parita is a re-creation the Sinclair filling station and stone garage built in the 1930s.

 

Advance entry fee $12:

Deadline for checks and completed entry form is April 1, 2017. Make checks payable to Lawrence County Sheriff–Children’s Fund.

Mail to Lawrence County Sheriff, 240 N Main, Ste 10, Mt Vernon MO 65712

 

Entry fee day of show:       $15

 

Entry fee to display only, no judging: $10

 

All funds raised from the show go to Holiday Central Children’s Charity, a Lawrence County, Missouri charity Sponsored by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office

 

Trophies:

BEST OF SHOW

SHERIFF’S CHOICE

PEOPLES’S CHOICE

 

GOODY BAGS FOR THE FIRST 50 ENTRIES

 

********DRAWINGS FOR PRIZES********

 

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January 2017 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC January 2017
DWI 1
DWR/DWS/NO DL 8
SPEEDING 12
FAIL TO REGISTER 12
LANE VIOLATION 13
FAIL TO STOP 4
NO INSURANCE 1
NO SEATBELT 0
C AND I DRIVING 4
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 8
NO FRONT PLATE 1
INVESTIGATIVE 3
WARRANT ARREST 14
OTHER HMV 0
OTHER NON HMV 0
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 53
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS 16
TOTAL WARNINGS 45
CALLS FOR SERVICE January 2017
STEALING/THEFT 22
BURGLARY 7
PROPERTY DAMAGE 7
ASSAULT 3
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 27
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 0
NARCOTICS 1
HARASSMENT 20
ALARM 13
FIRES 17
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 14
TRESPASS 5
CIVIL MATTER 29
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 90
DEATH 11
MOTORIST ASSIST 5
911 HANG UP 30
CHECK WELL BEING 15
ANIMAL 30
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 25
MEDICAL 19
CHECK VEHICLE 22
CITIZEN CONCERN 75
PYSCOLOGICAL CALL 7
MISCELLANEOUS 40
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 5
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 525
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 38
   
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