Last Nov. 5, 2009 a man named Joseph Shipp stoled a 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass from Missouri that was valued at $1,500, and then had shoplifted a television set valued at $295 from Tanner Hardware store in Jasper, Arkansas.
The theft of the Television set was immediately reported and while Joseph Shipp was fleeing from a Jasper Police officer Joseph Shipp drove in the oncoming lane of traffic at multiple curves and drove through a stop sign in close proximity to pedestrians. He then drove the stolen car off the road into a wooded area and struck a tree. Joseph Shipp also refused to comply with an officer to be placed under arrest.
Joseph Shipp was charged with theft by receiving, a class C felony; fleeing in a vehicle, a class D felony; theft of property, a class A misdemeanor; criminal mischief in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor and refusal to submit to arrest, a class B misdemeanor.
A plea agreement was reached in the case and the judgment and was filed on January 6, 2010. Joseph Shipp was found guilty of the charges and was sentenced to three years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on the felony charges and 30 days in the Newton County Jail on the misdemeanor convictions all to be served concurrently. He was additionally fined $1,000 and ordered to pay court costs and fees. The court allowed the sentence to run concurrent with Missouri charges if convicted and the Missouri court agrees. The court also ordered that Joseph Shipp have no further contact with the Tanner Hardware store.