CAPTURED! Man wanted in Poplar Bluff arrested in TX

CAPTURED! Man wanted in Poplar Bluff arrested in TX
Jeffery Matthew Vest (Source: Poplar Bluff PD)
Jeffery Matthew Vest (Source: Poplar Bluff PD)

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - A Broseley, Missouri man wanted on multiple felony charges was taken into custody in Kerrville, Texas.

Jeffery Matthew Vest, 31, of Broseley, Mo. was wanted on four felony charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, tampering with a motor vehicle and felony stealing

Police say they learned of his arrest on Thursday, Feb. 4.

According to Poplar Bluff police, at the time of his arrest, a reportedly stolen vehicle was recovered and two other suspects were also taken into custody.

Police say Vest led officers on a 25 minute long chase on Saturday, Jan. 23 along Poplar Bluff city streets and county roads in Butler County.

Vest's vehicle got stuck in some mud on a field road in rural Butler County.

That's when police say he got out of the car and ran away.

One of the officers chasing after him broke his right leg during the chase and Vest was able to get away.

He was considered to be a "dangerous individual" and possibly under the influence of methamphetamine.

On Sunday, the Butler County Sheriff's Department took a complaint about a car theft. Vest was also suspected of stealing a silver 2016 Ford Contour bearing Mo. license plates of MB7 V0D.

According to the Kerrville, Texas Police Department arrest report, an officer with their department initiated a traffic stop on a blue 2000 Ford Contour with an expired Texas state registration sticker.

The driver, later identified as Vest, gave the fictitious name of Ernest Vest and became nervous when asked for his birthdate, eventually providing the date of April 2, 1980, before changing it to 1981.

It was discovered the Texas registration sticker had been altered to appear as current and that Vest had outstanding warrants in Texas and in Missouri.

During the investigation it was discovered the vehicle he was operating was a stolen vehicle from Butler County.

He was arrested for Texas local warrants and new charges in Texas for the following; failure to identify as a fugitive, altering a state registration sticker, driving with a suspended driver's license, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Vest is being held in Texas on the charges from Butler County and will eventually be extradited back to Butler County for the warrants.

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