A Camdenton man was arrested in Pulaski County last week after his girlfriend turned him in to police for allegedly taking her car and wrecking it.

A Camdenton man was arrested in Pulaski County last week after his girlfriend turned him in to police for allegedly taking her car and wrecking it.

On Thursday, March 15, Dixon Police arrested Jacob Towler, 26, of Camdenton. According to two separate complaints filed by Prosecutor Kevin Hillman, Towler is charged with first degree tampering with a motor vehicle in Dixon, and from a related but separate investigation by a state trooper, with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated - heroin intoxication, careless and imprudent driving causing an accident, felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor resisting arrest. 

Towler stole a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix from Dixon without the owner’s permission, according to the probable cause statement from the Dixon Police Department. A woman, later identified by Towler as his girlfriend, reported the vehicle stolen from her house to the Dixon PD Thursday evening, telling an officer that Towler had entered her room while she was sleeping and taken the car keys and a cell phone despite her previously telling Towler not to drive the vehicle. The woman had just purchased the vehicle from a dealership in Rolla, and had not registered it yet.

According to the probable cause statement from the MSHP, a state trooper had been notified of a crash involving the vehicle shortly after midnight Thursday morning. 

While being treated by emergency medical personnel, the driver — Towler — had allegedly become combative and was fleeing the scene on Red Oak Road. Responding to the scene, Towler ran through a field after the trooper spotted him in the area. The Pontiac, bearing no registration, had already been located nearby off the roadway against a culvert. It had extensive damage to the front end. 

After a brief foot pursuit, Towler laid down on the trooper’s command, the court document stated. The trooper observed slurred speech and constricted pupils, according to the MSHP probable cause statement. 

At this time, Towler admitted to using heroin about three days. Upon questioning, he said the vehicle was “my girlfriend’s car or my ex-girlfriend.”

Asking how he got the car, Towler reportedly told the trooper, “I live with her,” then asked where he was living, Towler said he was homeless.

Towler was transported by Pulaski County ambulance to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment. A state trooper and a drug recognition expert with the MSHP later visited Towler at the hospital.

While Towler submitted to a partial field sobriety test, he refused an evaluation by the drug recognition expert. According to court documents, Towler did consent to chemical test of his blood, then later refused before it was done. 

Allegedly becoming irate with medical staff trying to tend his injuries, Towler refused any further medical attention and was discharged. At that time, the trooper placed him under arrest.

During a search at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, two orange pills were reportedly located inside Towler’s wallet. Troop I radio personnel identified the pills as Alprazolam, a schedule 4 controlled substance. 

Asked if he had any prescriptions, Towler said yes but when asked what he had prescriptions for, Towler allegedly responded, “I don’t know.”

Towler was being held at the Pulaski County jail and on a 24-hour hold pending a warrant from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Dixon Police Department. Warrants were issued March 16. Bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety in each case.

According to information verified by the Dixon Police Department, the vehicle was totaled. The owner did carry valid, full coverage insurance.