Golf cart, plus gun equals arrest

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Friday was a busy day for police after a man, armed with a gun and a stolen purse, and riding on a stolen golf-cart led police on a chase.

Michael W. Deason, 21, is charged with burglary III, theft of property, two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, two counts of theft of property II, menacing and resisting arrest. He remains in the Covington County Jail on a $345,000 bond.

River Falls Police Chief Greg Jackson said the incident occurred Friday afternoon when the Covington County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a golf cart and a gun had been stolen from a home in Heath.

“The homeowner told deputies that he’d possibly seen his golf cart on the Heath to River Falls Road,” Jackson said. “A BOLO was put out and numerous agencies responded to help.”

Jackson said while in River Falls, he spotted a white male crossing the Heath/River Falls Road, but when he tried to stop the man, he fled into the woods.

“Then, he produced a firearm and threw it,” Jackson said.

Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks responded to the scene and called for the Sheriffs Office K-9 tracking team of Chad Clark and K-9 Solo, who tracked the male for approximately a mile.

“Officers set up a perimeter around the area, and while Solo was tracking (Deason) hard when officers, who had a tight perimeter, located Deason and took him into custody without incident,” Jackson said. “Officers also determined that he had broken into a vehicle and stolen a purse near the dam area of Point A Lake.”

Jackson said while Deason did not struggle when placed under arrest, he is charged with resisting because he fled from police earlier.