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Thieves in trouble for utility truck chase
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MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. — A couple who led lawmen on a high-speed chase in two stolen vehicles chose not to bother with a preliminary hearing last week as they waived their right to the court proceeding and were bound to the grand jury on several felony charges.
The couple, Scotty Wayne Neisz, 40, of Westmoreland and Candice Deshea Daniels, 28, of Bethpage waived their right to hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke and were bound to the next term of the Warren County grand jury. They were bound on charges including evading arrest, theft over $1,000, theft over $60,000, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license.
They were arrested after they stole a Warren County Utility District truck, trailer and backhoe from a church parking lot on Bluff Springs Road. Lawmen fell in behind the stolen vehicle and the pair abandoned it off Smithville Highway. They then stole another vehicle, a smaller one this time, and led officers on a high-speed chase through the northern portion of the county.
Neisz, who was driving, went off road trying to lose pursuing officers and ended up flattening two fences before coming to a stop in a wooded area. The two again got out and ran but they were collared this time by authorities.
Among the stolen items was the WCUD truck and backhoe – valued at $175,000.