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Joey Lynn Plunkett (mug shot SCSO)



A mental evaluation has been ordered for the man who allegedly tried to set a Stone County deputy on fire on January 8th.
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Joey Lynn Plunkett, 43, of Reeds Spring, is facing two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and a single count of resisting arrest.
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Attorney Curtis Garner filed the notice of intent to rely on the defense of mental disease or defect on January 22nd.
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According to court records, a woman told authorities that Joey Lynn Plunkett, 43, had driven "his truck (which contained a barrel of fuel)" into a house at 522 Craig Street in Reeds Spring while she and two young children were inside the residence.
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When Deputies Nathan Boone and Dustin Wells arrived on the scene, Plunkett walked to his truck and locked himself inside. When the deputies approached the truck, Plunkett threw the vehicle in reverse and almost hit the deputies.

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Plunkett then drove the vehicle to the back of the dwelling where it became stuck after hitting a tree. As the deputies attempted to get Plunkett out of the truck, he threw gasoline from a jar inside the vehicle into the face of a deputy and had a lighter in his hand, according to the probable cause statement.
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Plunkett, who was placed on probation after pleading guilty to DWI charges last May, is currently being held on $500,000 bond.  Judge Alan Blankenship has taken a motion to reduce Plunkett's bond under advisement. 

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His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 12th.


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