Evarts man beats woman in vehicle, arrested

An Evarts man was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly beating a woman in his vehicle and attempting to run her over after she ran from him.

Tommy Saylor, 53, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on March 30.

According to the citation, deputies were contacted around 12:29 p.m. regarding a domestic disturbance taking place inside a vehicle on KY 38. The woman told police Saylor was supposed to be giving her a ride back to her friend’s house after shopping at Dollar General in Evarts, but while in the vehicle, Saylor continued driving past her destination until turning around at Louellen Lake.

Saylor then allegedly became physically violent toward the woman, assaulting her several times with his fists and causing physical injury, Saylor also attempt to open the passenger door of the vehicle and shove the woman out of the car while it was in motion.

The woman told police once she exited the car on Kelly Street, Saylor attempted to striker her with the vehicle and then placed it in reverse before trying to hit her again. Saylor then fled the scene and was later located at New Camp Lane, where he denied ever being with the woman and driving the vehicle involved in the assault, according to the citation.

Police said after talking to Saylor for several minutes, he admitted to driving the vehicle and that the woman was inside with him around the time the incident occurred. Upon consent to search the vehicle, a small, glass jar was located containing a crystal-like substance, believed to be methamphetamine.

Saylor was charged with fourth-degree assault (minor injury), first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), first-degree wanton endangerment and contempt of court.

He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond, 10 percent with bail credit.

In other police activity:

• Gillis Gilbert, 36, of Evarts, was arrested by Evarts Police Department officers on March 19. He was charged with third-degree burglary and was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,000 bond;

• Lacrisha Johnson, 32, of Baxter, was arrested by Loyall Police Department officers on March 21. She was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of marijuana and contempt of court. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $7,000 time-served bond;

• David Saylor, 48, of Coldiron, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on March 23. He was charged with illegal possession of a legend drug, first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to produce insurance card, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, no registration receipt and/or plates, improper equipment, rear license not illuminated, motor vehicle with only one headlight, operation of motor vehicle while under the influence and improper parking. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 time-served bond;

• Bentley Griffith, 29, of Evarts, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on March 28. He was charged with failure to appear, second-degree fleeing/evading police (on foot) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 full-cash bond;

• Phyllis Casolari, 42, of Totz, was arrested by Loyall Police Department officers on March 28. She was charged with tampering with physical evidence, second-degree promoting contraband, two counts possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree trafficking controlled substance (methamphetamine), first-degree trafficking controlled substance (heroin) and public intoxication of controlled substance (excluding alcohol). She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full-cash bond;

• Walter Smith, 42, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on March 29. He was charged with menacing and first-degree trafficking controlled substance (methamphetamine). He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,300 total bond, 10 percent with bail credit;

• Angela Wyatt, 37, of Wise, Virginia, was arrested by Benham Police Department officers on March 30. She was charged with third-degree burglary and was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond, 10 percent with bail credit;

• Jerry Foley, 30, of Harlan, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on April 1. He was charged with possession of firearm by a convicted felon, second- and third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking (between $500 and $10,000). He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on two full-cash bonds totaling $4,000;

• Ashley Holley, 34, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on April 1. She was charged with theft by unlawful taking (between $500 and $10,000), theft by unlawful taking (under $500), second-degree cruelty to animals, third-degree criminal mischief and failure to appear. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on two full-cash bonds totaling $2,300.

The above information was compiled from the Harlan County Detention Center website. For more information, visit www.harlandc.com and click “Current Inmates.”