Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 23, 2013

Ohio man arrested after found asleep in stolen vehicle

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

SUMMIT — Authorities on Sunday arrested an Ohio man on a number of charges after finding him asleep in a stolen car in the parking lot of a Boyd County fast-food restaurant.

Christopher M. Myers, 21, of Chesapeake, was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center after being taken into custody about 6:30 a.m.

According to the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy was dispatched to the area of Ky. 716 and Summit Road to investigate a report of vehicle parts in the roadway. When he arrived, the deputy, Jesse Delaney, found parts that had come off a red vehicle in the road and a stop sign had been run over at the intersection.

Delaney gathered the parts and began canvassing the area for the vehicle that had been involved in the accident, the sheriff’s department said. He located it in the parking lot of the Summit McDonald’s on U.S. 60. A man was asleep in the car’s driver’ seat.

The deputy approached the vehicle and attempted to identify the driver, but the driver had no identification on his person, the sheriff’s department said. A computer check of the vehicle’s registration revealed it had been stolen from South Point. Dispatchers also advised Delaney the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous because he was also suspected of stealing a handgun and body armor from the car’s owner.

The vehicle was searched and Myers was placed under arrest on charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, leaving the scene of an accident, public intoxication, third-degree drug possession, receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana.

Myers remained in custody Monday.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.