Man accused of stealing patrol truck arrested in Oregon Co.

Jeffrey Wegener (Source: Oregon County Sheriff's Office)
Jeffrey Wegener (Source: Oregon County Sheriff's Office)

ALTON, MO (KAIT) – A man accused of driving a patrol vehicle into a river Sunday night has been arrested.

According to the Oregon County Sheriff's Office, 26-year-old Jeffrey Wegener of Nebraska was arrested early Friday morning. The arrest was made without incident around 12:30 a.m. about 10 miles east of Alton on U.S. Highway 160.

Officers made the arrest following up on a reported sighting by an Oregon County resident.

Officers had been looking for Wegener since Sunday night when the sheriff's office said he stole a deputy's truck and drove it into the Eleven Point River. He was also thought to be armed with a machete.

Oregon and Ripley County, Missouri authorities as well as Randolph County, Arkansas authorities had been searching for Wegener.

Wegener was arrested on warrants for tampering with a motor vehicle and theft of stealing a firearm. Bond was set at $70,000.

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