A Friday morning wreck near the Bell County line ended with a Harlan man behind bars in the Bell County Detention Center.
According to a press release issued by the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, the Bell County Dispatch Center received a telephone call concerning a possible wreck with injuries shortly before 9 a.m. The caller reported the wreck had occurred on KY 92, approximately one half mile from the Bell County/Whitley County line.
The press release states that first responders with the Bell County Emergency Management System and the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department were first on scene and were treating a male, who was said to be the driver of the vehicle involved in the reported wreck when the Bell County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call.
According to the release, the male was identified as Larry Saylor, 64, of Wallins Creek, and the vehicle was a green, 1997, 88 Oldsmobile. Bell County Sgt. Jared Smith reported that Saylor told him he lost control of his vehicle before traveling into the ditchline and then striking an embankment. The release goes on to say Saylor was transported via Bell County EMS to Pineville Community Hospital for what were identified as only minor injuries.
The release states the passenger of the vehicle was identified as James Thomas, 39, of Wallins Creek. Police say Thomas initially fled the scene of the wreck on foot before being found a short distance later at the Bell/Whitley line. Thomas reportedly refused medical treatment and was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Raymond Foley on two outstanding warrants – a misdemeanor in Harlan County and a failure to pay fines warrant in Whitley County.
Thomas was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Also responding to the scene was the Bell County Rescue Squad, but once the determination was made of no entrapment, they were canceled.
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