Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Teen arrested for DWI after triple-fatality accident has record of Joplin, Neosho traffic violations
The Highway Patrol cited McKay Harris, 17, with DWI, careless and imprudent driving, no insurance, displaying the plates of another, and for not wearing a seat belt following the head-on crash that occurred 1:20 a.m. July 4 on Route V, three miles south of Joplin and took the lives of Harris' passenger, Alex M. Ashlin, 18, Neosho, and the occupants of the other vehicle, Janet M. Ducommun, 67, Neosho, and Ronni J. Ducommun, 32, Wentzville.
The Newton County Prosecuting Attorney's office has not filed charges at this point.
Newton County Circuit Court records show that Harris has a November 27 court date on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge. He was arrested February 22 by the Neosho Police Department.
On February 5, 2016, court records show the Neosho Police stopped Harris for operating a motor vehicle on the highway without a proper license. He was represented by Neosho attorney Brett Allen Day and was placed on probation for one year. His probationary period is scheduled to end July 28.
Joplin Police Department officer Kenneth Braun stopped Harris May 1 at East 32nd Street and Prigmore Avenue and cited him for failure to maintain financial responsibility and for driving without a license.
Joplin Police Department officer Issac Ostley stopped Harris June 22 for driving without a license.