Stolen semi gets stuck in local cemetery

Chris Myers, 38, of Kirksville

UPDATE: The Kirksville man accused of taking a joy ride in a stolen semi now faces a half-dozen new charges.

The six charges were filed against Chris Myers, 38, Friday by Adair County Prosecutor Matt Wilson.

According to online court records, those charges are first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, first-degree property damage, second-degree property damage, institutional vandalism in the $1,000 to $5,000 range, driving while revoked/suspended and driving a commercial motor vehicle without a commercial motor vehicle license.

Bond for Myers is set at $25,000 cash only. As of Friday afternoon, he remained in the Adair County Jail.


A northeast Missouri man is now in trouble after taking a stolen semi-truck on a joy ride through a cemetery.

The incident happened Thursday evening at Ownbey Cemetery along South Boundary Street just outside the Kirksville city limits.

Investigators said the truck, belonging to Sampson Farms, was stolen by an intoxicated man.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office and the Kirksville Police Department responded to the scene.

Prior to getting stuck in the graveyard, the driver left a trail of damage on Rainbow Basin Trail and knocked over at least nine headstones in the cemetery.

The man was taken to jail after a stop at the hospital for further assessment.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office now identifies the suspect as Chris Myers, 38, of Kirksville.

Myers was already wanted on a warrant for probation violation, and now charges related to the theft of the truck and the destruction of property are pending.

The owners of the truck were at the scene to retrieve the vehicle, and the sheriff's office is still investigating the incident.