Multiple people arrested after deputy locates stolen truck in Barren County

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GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO) -- Three people were taken to the Barren County Jail after the sheriff's office says a man, who was driving a stolen vehicle, fled from a deputy.

According to the Barren County Sheriff's Office, around 2:49 a.m. on Tuesday, a deputy saw a white pickup truck driving erratically on Berry Store Road.

Officials say before the deputy could pull the truck over, he saw the truck go off the side of the road in a curve after the driver lost control.

They say the driver of the truck then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

The deputy on scene found two passengers still in the truck, who were both able to give a description of the male driver who fled, but they told the deputy that they didn't know the driver's name.

After running the truck's license plate, it was confirmed the the plate didn't belong to the truck. The deputy found out the truck had been stolen out of Glasgow.

According to the sheriff's office, while searching the truck, several tools were found that were also believed to be stolen, as well as two bags of suspected methamphetamine.

Both passengers were arrested at the scene and identified as 35-year-old Scotty Wix of Glasgow and 27-year-old Mary Coates of Horse Cave. Deputies charged them with receiving stolen property U/10,000.00, receiving stolen property U/500.00, and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine.

The driver, 54-year-old John Wheat of Glasgow, was later located in a nearby field by a civilian and was taken into custody without further incident.

Wheat was charged with criminal mischief 3rd degree, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing or evading police 2nd degree on foot, Receiving stolen property U/10,000.00, receiving stolen property U/500.00, possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense methamphetamine, wanton endangerment 1st degree, driving too fast for traffic conditions, and reckless driving.

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