BEECH GROVE, Ark. – The entire ordeal is probably best described as bizarre.
Around 6 a.m. Friday morning, Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Ken Womack was traveling north on Greene County Road 602 when he noticed a black Ford Ranger in the ditch. No one was inside but the officer noticed felony drug paraphernalia in plain view on the console between the seats. He radioed for a wrecker with the reason for the abandoned truck still a mystery.
It wouldn’t remain unknown for long.
Greene County Dispatch was called, ironically, at 9:11 a.m. from a farm owner reporting someone trying to steal a semi-truck from his land. He said the man might still be in the area of Grene 602/Highway 141 North. When deputies met with the man, he described the suspect as having tried to steal his truck before becoming stuck.
Authorities began a search of the farm and the nearby area. They were informed the suspect had been spotted near a wooded area and proceeded search the area until they found the suspect squadding behind bushes. He was arrested at 10:05 a.m.
Phillip Stacey, 37, of Paragould, talked to police after his arrest, the report said. The narrative in the report detailed Stacey saying he slid his truck into a ditch.
It was then he decided to go into a nearby house and into the basement to take a nap.
The report continues by saying Stacey said he woke up and went to where he wrecked the Ford Ranger but by then, it was gone. By then, he went to the farm shop and, “because he was bored,” tried to take the farm’s semi-truck.
Stacey faces charges including felony theft of a vehicle valued at $25,000 or more, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, felony breaking or entering, driving on suspended license, fleeing, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
He was already out on bond for possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia while awaiting trial, the report also said.
Stacey was transported to Greene County Jail.