Jason Lee Maggard, 27, is charged with theft by unlawful taking of property over $300, second-degree criminal mischief, fleeing and evading police on foot, first-degree criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and terroristic threatening.
According to Harlan Count sheriff's deputy Jayson Howard, he received a complaint that two men were attempting to steal mining cable from Mountain Supply Company and two other men were chasing them.
Howard said three large spools of cable had been rolled down the river. He said he attempted to locate the alleged thieves when he saw a man wearing dark clothing lying in the water beside one of the rolls of cable, and the man then fled.
Harlan City Police Sgt. Frank Doan and officer George Young and KSP trooper Kenneth Abner came to Howard's assistance.
Howard said officers observed a male walking in Grays Knob in “nothing but his underwear.”
“He stated his name was Eric Middleton and he was going home, and that he lived just around the corner, but the officers knew him to be Jason Maggard,” Howard said.
Maggard became irate and began cursing, Howard said. He said he told Maggard he was under arrest and Maggard resisted. After he was placed in custody by the officers, the officers went to the residence where Maggard was staying and the owner consented to a search.
Howard said a pair of wet pants, shirt, socks and mask were all said to belong to Maggard by the owner of the residence. The witness also stated that Maggard had told him that “the law had just chased him through the river.”
Maggard was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with bond set at $15,000 full cash. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in Harlan District Court on June 12.
In other police news, Jonathan Fee, 23, of Mary Alice, was arrested on a warrant for second-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault.
He was arrested by KSP trooper James Earl Hensley and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.