Man accused of auto theft claims he got into the wrong car

A Mountain Home man, 36-year-old Mark Allen Hansen, was arrested by Mountain Home Police Monday after attempting to leave the Casey's General Store parking lot in a vehicle that wasn't his. Hansen claims he mistakenly got into the wrong truck and drove off. He was taken into custody before he could leave the parking lot and was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond. He was released the same day.

According to the arrest affidavit, at around 7:15 Monday morning the Mountain Home Police Department received a call of a stolen vehicle from the business. The victim said he was inside the store when he noticed his truck back up, stop and start forward toward Highway 5 North. He ran outside and chased his vehicle with Hansen at the wheel. He hit the side window and Hansen stopped, got out of the truck and charged the victim. He was able to detain Hansen however, until officers arrived.

Upon arrival, officers searched Hansen and located 1.4 grams of suspected marijuana in his right front pocket. He was interviewed that day and post Miranda, he admitted to previously smoking marijuana and stated he accidentally got into the wrong truck.

Hansen was charged with felony theft of property, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication.

He is scheduled to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court.

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