Less than two weeks after being charged with two felonies for theft of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, a Springfield man was sentenced to nine years in prison.

According to online court records, Dylan Rick Hayes, 22, of Springfield pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Feb. 6,  to class D felony first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and class E felony resisting arrest in Polk County Circuit Court.

Judge John C. Porter sentenced Hayes to five years in prison on the tampering charge and four years in prison on the resisting arrest charge, to be served concurrently, online court records said. Probation was denied on both counts.

Hayes was also ordered to pay $375 for a Bolivar Police Department lien, court records said, along with other fines.

Prosecuting Attorney Ken Ashlock said the case “was wrapped up pretty quick.”

Ashlock said, most importantly, Hayes “was wanted in other counties for probation cases,” making him “ready to get things started.”

He also said Hayes’ public defender — Joseph McMillen, according to court records — is known for getting “cases taken care of.”

According to previous BH-FP coverage, Hayes was arrested just 12 days prior on Friday, Jan. 25, after Bolivar PD officers were “alerted to a suspect of a theft that was believed to be in the Bolivar area” at around 4:20 p.m.

A Bolivar PD news release said Cpl. Brandon Toler located the suspect, Hayes, near the area of Mo. 83 and South 127th Road.

As Toler attempted to stop the vehicle, a Chevrolet pickup truck, Hayes tried to flee from the officers “by driving at speeds near 70 mph and driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Mo. 83,” the release said.

While Toler stopped pursuing the vehicle at this point, he was able to keep it in sight, watching Hayes stop in the parking lot of a business in the 1900 block of South Springfield Avenue.

The release said Hayes then ran westbound into a field where he was apprehended by assisting officers.

According to the release, the investigation showed that Hayes was in possession of a vehicle stolen from Willard and had numerous warrants for his arrest.

He was held in Polk County Jail on $35,000 bond.

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