Scott Allen Dodson, 30, of St. Louis has been charged with three felonies after he allegedly stole merchandise from a store in Arnold and fled from police. Reportedly, Dodson’s car grazed an officer during his flight, court documents show.
Dodson is charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, a class A felony, armed criminal action, an unclassified felony, and stealing, a class E felony because it is at least his fourth stealing offense in the last 10 years, court records said.
At 5:59 p.m. Nov. 19, police were called to the Kohl’s department store, 2150 Michigan Ave., after Dodson allegedly stole $747.97 worth of merchandise. When officers tried to arrest him, Dodson fled the store’s parking lot in a 2007 Honda Civic, Arnold Police reported.
The Civic grazed an officer as Dodson evaded authorities. The officer was not injured, according to the report.
On Dec. 3, police tracked Dodson to a home in the 5500 block of Briarwood Drive in House Springs, and he was arrested, the report said.
A class A felony is punishable by 10 to 30 years or life in prison. A class E felony is punishable by up to four years and an unclassified felony is punishable by at least three years in prison.
Dodson was being held Dec. 6 in Jefferson County Jail on a $250,000 cash-only bond, and he was scheduled for a bond review hearing on Dec. 12, court documents said.
In February 2017, Dodson pleaded guilty to felony charges for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and two felony stealing related offenses in St. Louis County. He was sentenced to four years in prison for each offense with the sentences to be served concurrently, or at the same time, court records said.
However, Dodson spent 70 days in jail for the incidents, which occurred in St. Louis County from April 21, 2016, to May 30, 2016. His sentence was suspended and he was placed on five years’ probation, according to court records.