(SALEM) - A report of a vehicle being shot led to the arrest of two individuals who face several different charges, including theft, burglary and criminal recklessness with a firearm, following an investigation by Lt. Ryan Larrimore, with the Washington County Sherriff's Department.
Marcia Walker, of the Salem Leader, reports, a vehicle being shot led to the arrest of two individuals who face several different charges, including theft, burglary and criminal recklessness with a firearm, following an investigation by Lt. Ryan Larrimore, with the Washington County Sherriff's Department.
Derrick T. Stewart, 25, 106 Standish St., Salem, faces charges of burglary, Class B felony; criminal recklessness with a fire arm, Class D felony; pointing a loaded firearm, Class D felony and Theft, a Class D. Felony.
Joshua D. Brough, 24, 507 E. Brooklyn Ct. Apt. 2, Pekin, faces charges of burglary, Class B felony, and theft, Class D felony.
The investigation began with a report of a vehicle being shot that was received at 11:24 p.m. on July 5. Larrimore was dispatched to 2572 W. Cox Ferry Rd. to investigate the report, which was made by Wesley S. Cole.
Cole told the officer his car had been shot by a person driving a green Subaru. Cole said when he arrived home, he observed the Subaru pulling out of his driveway at a high rate of speed. Cole turned his car around and began pursuing the other vehicle.
When he caught up to the car, Cole said he bumped the rear of it with the front of his car, then heard what he thought were firecrackers going off. He said he continued chasing the car and bumped it again, causing the Subaru to spin out. The vehicles came to a stop facing opposite directions, driver's door to driver's door, about 10 feet apart. Cole identified the driver, Derrick Stewart, but was not able to identify another person who was in the front passenger seat.
Cole said Stewart raised a pistol and fired two shots at him, then drove away. Cole went home and called 911.
Cole and Larrimore drove over the route of the chase then returned to Cole's home, where Cole discovered money and a Blu Ray player were missing.
Stewart was later located by Detective Brent Miller, who then contacted Larrimore and arranged a meeting with Stewart at the sheriff's department. Stewart told police that after drinking at a local bar, he gave Brough a ride to his apartment in Pekin, where he spent the night.
When Brough talked with officers, he said that after he and Stewart left the bar, Stewart told him he needed to get something then drove to a home out in the country. He related that the two entered the home through a side door and that Stewart told him to grab a cardboard box, then began handing him DVDs and a Blu Ray player, as well as a baggy with marijuana.
Brough said when they spotted a car coming down the driveway, they left at a high rate of speed. The driver of the other car then began chasing them. Brough said he gave Stewart a gun that had been under the front seat and Stewart fired a shot at the car behind them.
Brough gave the officers some of the stolen items, which he had in his apartment, and retrieved the DVD cases and Blu Ray player from a dumpster.
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