A man who reportedly stole a car, broke into a home, and ran from law enforcement while towing a trailer filled with trash has been sentenced to serve six months in jail.
Jonathon William Davis, 29, has been ordered by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve six months of an eight-year sentence. Davis pled guilty to charges of evading arrest with risk of injury or death, reckless endangerment, theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000, and aggravated burglary.
The first incident occurred May 15, 2020 when Davis was driving a Kia SUV that was pulling a trailer and carrying a load of trash. When officers tried to pull him over in the Viola area for a faulty brake light, he sped away, leaving trash strewn all over the road.
The Kia initially stopped but fled at a high rate of speed when deputies Jared Jacobs and Brystol Davis approached, according to the arrest warrant. The vehicle headed toward Smartt Station and eventually made its way to Manchester Highway. The chase ended on Harvest Farm Lake Road.
Davis said he fled because he had numerous felony warrants out of other jurisdictions.
Davis was reportedly at it again two weeks later on May 27, 2020 when he allegedly kicked in a back door to break into a home on Vervilla Road. While inside, he stole cologne and wi-fi cameras, according to the arrest warrant.
The cameras captured a partial picture of the suspect and the vehicle he drove to the scene, a 2018 Kia Optimak, which had been reported stolen from a nearby residence. Davis was arrested the next month at a home in Van Buren County with the stolen vehicle located at that residence at the time of his arrest.