Whitesburg KY

Man held in truck theft

A Whitesburg man is accused of stealing a new truck belonging to a volunteer firefighter and causing damage to a go-cart track at Isom on Sunday night.

According to a uniform citation, after receiving a call of a house fire on Low Gap Road, Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas arrested Jason S. Cook, 28, of 34 May Road, at 1:46 a.m. on March 8 after Thomas was notified that Cook had stolen a vehicle belonging to Jeremy Bates, a volunteer firefighter at Sandlick Volunteer Fire Department.

In the citation, Thomas wrote he was later notified of a single-vehicle collision on KY 1148.

“Upon my arrival (Cook) had fled the scene but was witnessed by the Letcher County Deputy Coroner,” Thomas wrote in a citation. “(Cook) was located shortly after hiding in the creek. (Cook) was extremely intoxicated and stated he was sorry and he was drunk driving.”

The citation says Cook refused a chemical test at the Whitesburg hospital where he was treated and released for minor cuts and bruises.

“I was later notified of a criminal mischief at the go-cart track. (Cook) ran through the fence,” Thomas wrote in the citation.

Cook was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/ drugs (first off ense), theft by unlawful taking of a vehicle, first-degree criminal mischief and failure to wear a seat belt.

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