What could have turned out to be a tragedy Saturday night ended with an almost happy ending.
About 8 p.m. Saturday, Sheriff’s Deputy Drew Wilson, responded to a call of a single ATV accident in the woods behind the flood wall on Hwy 6.
Family members told police that Colin Kelly, 40, of Barbourville, was reportedly riding a 4-wheeler with 19-year-old Anthony (Bubba) Broughton, also of Barbourville.
Around 8 p.m. Broughton came walking out of the woods alone claiming he and Kelly had been in a wreck and Kelly was injured and still in the woods. Broughton then left before police arrived on the scene.
About an hour later Broughton returned to the trailer park, and took a search party to the place where the accident occurred.
The search team found the ATV, but was unable to locate Kelly at that time.
Around 10 p.m. someone reportedly saw Kelly sitting at a nearby ball field drinking an alcoholic beverage.
Two hours after first being reported missing, Kelly suddenly walked up from the flood wall behind his house.
After speaking with police, Kelly returned home and Broughton was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication. Further charges may be pending.
Knox County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Barbourville Police Department, Barbourville Fire Department, members of the Search and Rescue, Knox County EMS, and various other volunteers.
Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Drew Wilson is continuing the investigation.