Prelim Set for Man Charged with Assault, Resisting

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by Sam Clanton


FORSYTH, Mo. – A preliminary hearing is scheduled for a man from Branson facing several charges following a vehicle pursuit with Taney County Sheriff’s Deputies last month.

During a court appearance this week, Associate Circuit Judge Tiffany Yarnell set bond for 38-year-old David Hensley at 25-thousand dollars cash or surety. However, jail logs indicate he remains incarcerated without bond for failure to appear on previous charges against him, including stealing a motor vehicle.

Hensley was taken into custody on December 12th, the morning after he reportedly led officers on a high-speed chase into Christian County and back into Taney County before running over spike strips and fleeing on foot.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, two patrol vehicles were damaged by Hensley during the pursuit, and a follow up investigation in the area of M Highway and Highway 160 resulted in two deputies being attacked by pit bulls, and one of the officers firing his handgun at the dogs to defend himself.

Hensley is charged with second-degree assault of a special victim, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He returns to court February 5th.