TEXAS COUNTY, Mo. — A Texas County man has been arrested and charged with seven felonies after resisting arrest.

Online court documents show 28-year-old Gaige Watts is charged with:

  • One felony count of stealing – motor vehicle/watercraft/aircraft and prior stealing offender
  • Three felony counts of second-degree assault
  • One felony count of third-degree assault
  • One felony count of resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony
  • One felony count of possession of controlled substance

According to a press release from the Texas County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were searching for a suspect in a stealing case when they located Watts sitting in a parked pickup truck outside of a residence.

A deputy approached the vehicle and attempted to detain Watts, but he resisted and fled on foot. While running from deputies, Watts stole a second vehicle and was eventually detained when he attempted to flee that vehicle on foot.

Deputies discovered a substance believed to be methamphetamine in the first vehicle Watts was in, along with a stolen motorcycle in the bed of the pickup.

Watts is being held in Texas County Jail on a $1 million bond.