Knox man arrested after crashing stolen truck

A Knox County man is in jail after crashing a truck police say was reported stolen. On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Miller, Deputy Rick Cloyd and CSO Brent France responded to a crash approximately six miles south of London.

While allegedly intoxicated, the subject allegedly stole a white Ford F-150 from the Pineville Hospital parking lot. Forty miles away, on South Laurel Road in Laurel County, Tony Roark, 32, of Hinkle, crashed the truck causing it to overturn multiple times and striking another vehicle.

Reports indicated that before the crash occurred, the pickup’s driver was driving reckless, going in and out of traffic. The subject then fled the scene of the crash, and was attempting to jump in front of traffic on U.S. 25E when deputies located him. The subject gave authorities a false name and became disorderly, yelling and cursing during the investigation.

Roark was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence first offense, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid, second degree disorderly conduct, giving officer false identifying information, and reckless driving among other driving violations.

In addition, because Roark passed through Knox County, Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Mullins is charging him with wanton endangerment, reckless driving and receiving stolen property of a motor vehicle.