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McPherson leads police on chase

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Jan Thompson

Staff Writer

THAYER -- A Thayer man, Rodger Steven McPherson, 22, has been arrested by the Oregon County Sheriff's Department and charged with tampering with a motor vehicle and stealing.

According to a probable cause statement from the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Sheriff Tim Ward reported on May 6 his office received a call from Joyce Risner who said her daughter, Denise Pierce, had called her and asked her to call the sheriff. She said her daughter had taken her 1998 Toyota pickup to McPherson's Muffler in Thayer to have the oil changed.

She said when she returned to pick up her truck, the shop, was closed, her truck was gone and she thought McPherson had it inside the shop. Pierce said she then called the shop and a male answered the phone. He told her the shop, owner was gone and she would have to pick up the truck in the morning.

A short time later Pierce said she was traveling on the four lane in Thayer when she met her truck being driven by an unknown male. She then followed the truck into Arkansas.

Ward said his office received a call from the Fulton County Sheriff's Office stating the Hardy Police Department was in pursuit of the stolen truck headed toward Thayer on Highway 142. Ward said he went to Highway 142 and set up stop sticks, but the truck ran through the ditch and around the sticks. The truck continued through Thayer until the driver (McPherson) was unable to turn onto Nettleton Street and struck a Hardy Police car. A report from Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose said no damage was done to the police car.

McPherson exited the truck and was taken into custody.

Ward said he talked to the owner of the truck, and Pierce told him she did not give anyone permission to drive her truck. McPherson is in the Thayer City Jail with a bond set at $10,000.

Ward said charges from Arkansas may be pending.

In other Oregon County Sheriff Department news, Chief Deputy Eric King arrested a Koshkonong man and charged him with distributing a controlled substance to minors.

A probable cause statement from the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney's office, said on May 7, Jeanie White from Koshkonong School requested an officer come to the school because there were students at the school under the influence of a controlled substance. King said he was informed upon his arrival at the school that Joseph P. Sierra, 18, had provided and smoked a marijuana joint with three juveniles, ages 14, 15, and 16 in an alley between Luyster and Bingham Streets in Koshkonong.

King said after being read his Miranda Rights, Sierra, admitted in writing and verbally, that he did smoke marijuana with the juveniles.

He is being held in the Oregon County Jail at Alton waiting a court date later this month.

Rodney E. Reed, 52, of Mammoth Spring was transported to state prison in Bonne Terre May 7 by officers with the Oregon County Sheriff's Office. Reed's probation was revoked May 5 by 37th Judicial Circuit Judge David Evans. Reed was sentenced to four years in state prison.

Records show Reed was sentenced to four years probation on Sept. 6, 2006, based on a felony conviction of driving while intoxicated. His probation was revoked because of a more recent charge of driving while intoxicated and driving while revoked.



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