GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Paragould man facing several charges, including theft of a vehicle, told police he tried to steal a semi-truck because he was bored.
According to an incident report from the Greene County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Ken Womack found a black Ford Ranger in a ditch on County Road 602 around 6:07 a.m. Friday.
Nobody was around the vehicle, but the windows were down. Deputy Womack said he saw drug paraphernalia in plain view on the console between the seats.
He called a wrecker to get the Ranger.
Dispatch then received a call that someone had tried to steal a semi-truck near the same area around 9:11 a.m.
The complainant said someone tried to take his truck, but it got stuck on a dirt hill. He believed the suspect might still be in the area.
Deputies responded to the area and began checking fields and a vacant house nearby.
They heard several dogs barking north of the area and witnesses said they saw a man running on Highway 141.
Deputies ran to the road and saw someone running into the woods near Highway 141 and County Road 602.
Deputies Womack and Audrey Ward followed the man into the woods, where they found him squatting behind some bushes.
The suspect was identified as Phillip Lea Stacey, 37. He told deputies that he just wanted to take the semi for a ride after sliding his vehicle into a ditch.
Stacey then said he went into a house on the road and took a nap before realizing the Ford Ranger was missing from where he wrecked it.
He said he then found the semi and tried to take it "because he was bored," according to the incident report.
Stacey is charged with felonies for theft of a vehicle valued at $25,000 or more; possession of drug paraphernalia; and breaking or entering in a building or structure as well as misdemeanors for driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and fleeing.
The report also states that Stacey was out on bond and awaiting trial on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to deliver.
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