A Johnson County grand jury has indicted an Ohio man on various charges related to an alleged theft and subsequent attempt to flee from police in September, according to court documents.
According to the documents, Jamie Mullins, 32, of Columbus, Ohio, committed the crime of theft by unlawful taking with a value of more than $10,000 in September when he allegedly took a trailer and ATV, alongside several other charges. Those charges include theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $10,000, for several power tools the documents said Mullins stole, as well as two counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), second-degree wanton endangerment, giving an officer false identifying information, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct and third-degree escape. Mullins was charged as a first-degree persistent felony offender.
Mullins’ citation said Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Pelphrey received a complaint that a theft had occurred at Ferguson’s Excavating and that Mullins was caught on video performing the theft. According to the citation, Pelphrey was speaking to the victim when another party advised him of a suspicious vehicle.
When Pelphrey went to the location he was advised of, he observed the vehicle, described in the citation as a green car, pulling out onto Ky. 1559, the citation said, and approached the vehicle to attempt to perform a traffic stop, he observed the driver of the vehicle push a female passenger out of the vehicle and flee.
The citation said Mullins then crashed during the pursuit, striking a guard rail, overcorrecting and flipping the vehicle into a ditch. Pelphrey said that Mullins then exited the vehicle and fled up the creek before being secured and taken to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center to be medically cleared. Mullins then, according to the indictment, “engaged in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior” at the hospital, before being taken by Pelphrey to show him the location of the stolen items.
After locating the items, Mullins was placed back into custody and transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center for lodging, but, the citation said, Mullins “grabbed the door handle of (Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price’s) patrol vehicle,” and then “jerked the door open and ran across the parking lot.”
Pelphrey pursued Mullins, according to the citation, and Mullins jumped over a fence before, Pelphrey said, “he hit the ground and (Pelphrey) crawled on top of him to hold him down.”
According to the citation, Mullins alleged that Pelphrey then “hit (Mullins) three times in the head, giving (Mullins) a concussion,” and (Mullins) claimed to be “paralyzed from the waste down.” Pelphrey said that Mullins could move his legs, noting that he had not “hit (Mullins) in any way, just held (him) to the ground.”
Mullins was transported again to PBH, medically cleared, and lodged without further incident.
Also indicted by the grand jury were:
Jeromey Workman, 37, of Hagerhill, was indicted on a charge of theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $500 and was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.
Jessica Johnson, 32, of Williamsport, was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and first- or second-offense public alcohol intoxication.
Tiffany Fannin, 28, of East Point, was indicted on a charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Stephanie Hall, 32, of Benner, was indicted on a charge of first-degree bailjumping.
Richard Roberts, 48, of River, was indicted on two counts of first-degree bailjumping and was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.
Mary Mollett, 56, of Paintsville, was indicted on charges of second-degree burglary with complicity and theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $500 with complicity.
Daryl D. McKenzie, 33, of Paintsville, was indicted on charges of third-degree burglary with complicity, theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $500 with complicity and possession of burglary tools.
Mollett and McKenzie were charged in complicity with one another.
John W. Williams, 24, of Leander, was indicted on charges of first-degree assault and first-offense DUI.
Jimmy D. Tackett, 49, of Flat Gap, was indicted on charges of third-degree burglary with complicity, first-degree wanton endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident (failure to render aid). Tackett was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.
Ricky E. Castle, 49, of Sitka, as indicted on charges of third-degree burglary with complicity, first- or second-offense public alcohol intoxication, possession of marijuana. Drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Castle and Tackett were charged in complicity with one another.
The grand jury did not return any no true bills.
An indictment is not an assertion of guilt; it is a finding by a grand jury that further investigation into a case is required to make a decision. All those listed as having been indicted are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.