A 43-year-old Macoupin County man was found guilty of burglary and aggravated battery of a sheriff’s deputy by a jury following a two-day trial in front of Macoupin County Judge Joshua Meyer this week.
Caleb Prose of Girard was found guilty of four felony charges including burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer. His sentencing hearing is scheduled to start on March 7.
According to Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jordan Garrison, the verdict follows a September incident when the sheriff’s office was called to rural Carlinville on September 5 where hidden tools were discovered, purportedly to be picked up later. A short investigation found the tools were stolen from Davis Towing in Carlinville and a hidden camera was placed near the tools.
Prose eventually returned to the tools on September 5 and was chased by the sheriff’s department before he rammed a sheriff’s deputy squad car and fled the scene on foot. A warrant was issued for his arrest before he was found and arrested in October.
Prose is also facing possession of a stolen vehicle in Macoupin County and is awaiting extradition to Georgia for a felony probation violation.