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Peterson Man Arrested After Vehicle Theft

February 25, 2020 4:11pm

A Peterson man has been arrested after stealing a vehicle and leading a deputy on a chase.

At approximately 9:40 on Monday morning, the Clay County Sheriff's Office took a report of a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was stolen from the 200 block of Main Street in Peterson.

At approximately 6:35 this morning, the Sheriff's Office received a call from an individual who was following the stolen vehicle northbound in the 4800 mile of M-27. A nearby deputy located the Jeep turning onto 480th Street from M-27, and attempting to make a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle proceeded to elude the deputy by entering a field located in the 1300 mile of 480th Street. As it traveled across the field, the vehicle struck a deer, and came to rest at a tree line shortly afterward.

The driver exited the vehicle, and proceeded on foot into a ravine, where the deputy lost sight and ended the pursuit of the suspect. At approximately 8:15am this morning, the suspect, identified as 40-year-old Gary Stallings II, was located exiting the ravine, where he was captured and taken into custody.

Stallings was transported to the Clay County Jail without further incident. He was charged with 2nd Degree Theft, a class D felony...Eluding a Peace Officer, a serious misdemeanor...and Interference With Official Acts, a simple misdemeanor. Stallings was held to appear before a magistrate.

Stallings was also served an active O'Brien County warrant for Failure to Appear for 5th Degree Theft.