Springfield Police at the scene of an incident. (Photo by Shannon Cay)

A crash involving a motorcyclist and a white SUV has turned into a Springfield police investigation of a life-threatening assault.

At 5:59 p.m. May 22, officers responded to a crash in the 2300 block of East Bennett Street. A white SUV reportedly left the scene immediately after the accident and was not located. The motorcyclist was transported to a Springfield hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Members of the Springfield Police Department Traffic Unit located the white SUV May 23 and conducted a traffic stop. They identified the driver as Dea A. Brewer, 45, of Springfield. He was arrested on unrelated warrants from Taney County and booked into the Greene County jail.

That same day, according to a press release, “the Violent Crime Unit discovered Brewer and the motorcyclist knew each other and Brewer intentionally struck the motorcycle with his vehicle, which led to the motorcyclist losing control of the motorcycle.”

The Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and, on May 24, charged Brewer with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Brewer is being held in the Taney County Jail in Forsyth with no bond. He is scheduled to be brought to Springfield and held in Greene County.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this assault to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810, or to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by phone, at 417-869-8477. Information can also be submitted online.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger is the Reader Engagement Editor for the Springfield Daily Citizen, and the voice of its daily newsletter SGF A.M. He covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger