Man accused of stabbing woman with screwdriver, leading police on chase

Joseph Skaggs (Source: Kennett Police Department)
Joseph Skaggs (Source: Kennett Police Department)

KENNETT, Mo. (KBSI) – A Kennett man faces charges after police say he stabbed a woman in the leg with a screwdriver.

Joseph Staggs, 24, was arrested on multiple charges and had active felony warrants for domestic violence and assault, according to the Kennett Chief of Police Kenny Wilson.

Kennett police officers were called to investigate the report of a domestic violence incident that had occurred at a home in Kennett on March 20 at 9:20 p.m.  A witness told police that a man stabbed a woman in the leg with a screwdriver. Police say the suspect forced the woman into a vehicle and told her they were going to the hospital. Witnesses told the officers the suspect would not take the victim to get medical treatment.

Officer Staggs’ vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspect drove away from the officers. Concerned for the victim’s safety, officers chased the suspect vehicle.

The police chase lasted about an hour and 30 minutes. Multiple agencies assisted Kennett police officers with the chase. The suspect vehicle crossed state lines into Arkansas, where Arkansas State Police assisted with Clay County deputies. Crossing back into Missouri near Qulin, the Missouri Highway Patrol deployed spike strips attempting to stop the suspect vehicle.

The chase continued through county roads south and state highways. The chase ended on Hwy. 84 west of Kennett near Dunklin County Road 403.

Staggs was arrested on multiple charges and had active felony warrants for domestic violence and assault.

The woman was taken to the nearest hospital for treatment of the stab wound to the leg.

Staggs was taken to the Dunklin County Jail pending the filing of charges by Dunklin County Prosecutor Nicolas Jain.

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