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Woman flees in stolen ARH truck

Police are still looking for a Pike County fugitive who walked out of the Whitesburg hospital on Christmas Eve and left in a hospital pickup truck.

Amanda Yonts, 24, of Shelby Gap, was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit of the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital for a drug overdose, said Whitesburg Police Captain Henry Day. Nurses were aware that Yonts was wanted on an arrest warrant from Pike County for failure to pay fines, Day said, adding that he was contacted Dec. 23 after Yonts tried to sign herself out of the hospital.

“After she saw me, she decided to stay until the doctors released her,” said Day. “The next day her grandmother told me she saw her put her clothes on, and then she left.”

Yonts left the parking lot driving an ARH pickup truck she stole after finding the keys left inside the truck’s ignition switch, said Day.

Whitesburg police have received several tips concerning the whereabouts of Yonts. Based on information received from callers, Day found the ARH truck on the side of a road in Kingscreek.

After a tip received on Saturday, police believe Yonts is in the Myra community in Pike County. When Yonts is found, she will face a new charge — theft of an automobile.

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