Adair man arrested after reportedly stealing State Highway Dept truck and driving through gate

An Adair County man was arrested on Monday and charged with theft of an automobile among other charges after he reportedly stole a state highway department truck and drove it through a locked gate.

According to Columbia Police, 48-year-old Joseph Shafer was arrested and charged with theft of an automobile, criminal mischief first degree, criminal trespassing third degree, and public intoxication.

Police were called to the Adair County Regional Jail on Christmas night with reports of a suspicious man and vehicle in front of the jail. When officers arrived, they located Shafer and placed him into custody due to being intoxicated and later learned he had stolen the vehicle from the highway department office and crashed it through a gate at the facility.

Shafer was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

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