A man from Reeds Spring pleads guilty to 5 felony charges in Taney County Circuit Court and is scheduled for sentencing in September.
Thirty-five-year-old Dustin Cook pleads guilty to 2 counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, 2 counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, and 1 count of burglary. He will be sentenced to 10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections September 18th, pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.
The burglary charge and one of the tampering charges stem from an incident last November, when Cook broke into the Mobile Express in Forsyth, and stole cash along with several vehicles. An investigation by police in Forsyth and Branson led to the arrest of Cook the next day, and he reportedly admitted to the crime.
About six weeks later, Cook reportedly stole a pickup in Branson, and attempted to run over police officers with the stolen truck as they attempted to apprehend him. Cook crashed the truck after leading officers on a high-speed pursuit. He was arrested after trying to flee on foot.
A handgun was found a short distance away, and Cook admitted he was armed during his attempt to elude law enforcement. This incident lead to the other tampering charge, plus the 2 counts for assault on an officer.
Cook was charged as a prior and persistent felony offender.