A Miracle man was recently indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury for first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree fleeing or evading police, speeding 12 miles per hour over the limit, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, operating on suspended/revoked operators license and first-degree felony offender.
According to the indictment, Garrett Matthew Buell, 32, of Miracle, on or about the 5th day of April 2015, in Bell County, manifested extreme indifference to the value of human life by wantonly engaging in conduct which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to his girlfriend and an infant by operating the motor vehicle under his control at a high rate of speed, refusing to stop after blue lights and siren were activated, driving through the parking lot of Howard’s Market in the vehicle down to the river bank and running away from the vehicle and jumping into the Cumberland River and swimming away.
The indictment further stated that on or about the same date, Buell committed the offense of first-degree fleeing or evading police by knowingly disobeying Trooper Chris Pruitt’s signals to stop his vehicle in an attempt to elude the police and committed the offense of second-degree fleeing or evading police with intent to elude or flee as a pedestrian, knowingly and wantonly disobeying a direction to stop given by Trooper Chris Pruitt, running away from his vehicle, jumping into the Cumberland River and swimming way.
The indictment indicated that Buell committed the offense of speeding 12 miles an hour over the limit by operating a motor vehicle under his control at 67 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. Buell was also found to be operating a motor vehicle without the required insurance and was operating a motor vehicle while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked.
The indictment also stated that at the same time an place, Buell committed the offense of first-degree persistent felony offender by being more than 21 years of age and having been convicted of two or more prior felonies.
Others indicted include:
*Dustin G. Baker, 31, of Middlesboro, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, second-degree fleeing or evading police, driving on a DUI suspended license and first-degree persistent felony offender;
*Russell Jordan Anderson, 32, of Middlesboro, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree fleeing or evading police and carrying a concealed deadly weapon;
*Ryan Andrew Byrd, 31, of Middlesboro, theft of identity of another without consent and first-degree persistent felony offender;
*Larry W. Hughett, 27, of Middlesboro, second-degree fleeing or evading police and tampering with physical evidence;
*Clyde Rice, Jr., 38, of Arjay, receiving stolen property under $10,000 and prohibited alteration or removal of vin number;
*Larry D. Blackburn, 42, of Middlesboro, theft by unlawful taking or disposition under $10,000.
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