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     The Sheriff's Office arrested two people Wednesday evening, June 16th, on vehicle theft charges after receiving a complaint call at approximately 11:26 PM.

     A caller reported to the Sheriff's Office that WILLIAM J. LEWIS had stolen a Chevrolet Suburban and then wrecked it on CR 8 and walked away.  Deputies responded to the scene and found LEWIS a short time later.  The subsequent investigation revealed that WILLIAM LEWIS had used a tow truck belonging to him to take and remove a Chevrolet Suburban from a mobile home park on Highway 201 South.  The son of the owner of that vehicle got behind LEWIS on Baxter CR 8, and LEWIS pulled over to the side of the road.  When LEWIS was confronted with having stolen the vehicle, LEWIS drove off and fled.  LEWIS flipped the tow truck and Suburban in a curve on Baxter CR 8.  He was accompanied in the vehicle by AMBER EADS.  Both of them tried to flee the scene after wrecking, but were detained by the caller until deputies arrived a short time later.  WILLIAM LEWIS sustained minor injuries in the crash and was treated at Baxter Regional Medical Center.  The owner of the Chevrolet suburban later arrived on scene and confirmed that it was his vehicle and that it had been stolen. 

     WILLIAM LEWIS and AMBER EADS were both arrested and taken to the Baxter County Detention Center where they were incarcerated on charges as follows:

     WILLIAM J. LEWIS, 35 years old of rural Gassville, charged with:

Theft of Property - Felony
Reckless Driving - Misdemeanor
Left Scene of Accident - Misdemeanor
No Liability Insurance - Misdemeanor
Unsafe Load - Misdemeanor
Failure to Transfer Registration - Misdemeanor



     LEWIS was jailed in lieu of $15,000 bond and was later released after posting bond.  He will appear before the Circuit Court to answer on July 1st.

     AMBER LYNN EADS, 35 years old of Mountain Home, charged with:

Theft of Property - Felony



     EADS remains in the Detention Center with a bond of $15,000, and she will also appear before the Circuit Court to answer on July 1st.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff