Larry Brashears

Larry Paul Brashers, suspected of assaulting a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer, has had several brushes with the law, court records show.

Brashers, 21, was apprehended early Saturday just a short distance from where he is accused of attacking Cpl. Curtis Haden. Several law enforcement officials said this week they were thankful that Haden’s injuries weren’t more severe. “This could have had a very bad outcome,” said one.

Brasher’s last visit to a courtroom came March 3 in Texas County where he received a probationary period on a bad checks charge. A property damage count in another county earlier had put him on an unsupervised probation term of two years.

Brasher faces several charges that remain on the books – ranging from stealing a motor vehicle to the theft of a firearm. He was to have made an appearance this month in Howell County, but failed to appear in court, records show. Court files for Brasher appear in Shannon, Howell, Texas and Ozark counties.

Texas County Prosecutor Mike Anderson said Brashers is expected to remain in the Texas County Jail to first face seven felony charges related to the patrolman’s assault. [See related story elsewhere].

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