Benjamin Hundley, 41, of McKee, KY pled guilty in District Court on Monday April 29th, 2019 to eight different charges stemming from his interaction with law enforcement at the scene of a fire on March 27, 2019. Pond Creek Volunteer Fire Chief Larry Bowling ad requested law enforcement to come to his location on Black Lick Road because he suspected the structure fire his department had responded to may have been arson. Shortly after arrival, Deputy Isaacs noticed Hundley walking toward him making gestures to a large Boxer dog. The dog then ran at Deputy Isaacs in an aggressive manner. Hundley then put his hand under his jacket toward the center of his back leading Deputy Isaacs to believe he had a weapon. Deputy Isaacs was verbalizing loudly issuing commands, however, Hundley was also verbalizing loudly. Isaacs quickly recognized that Hundley was mute. When Isaacs stumbled and fell while backing away, Hundley pulled his hand out quickley and pointed his finger like a weapon. According to court documents, Hundley presented Deputy Daniel Issacs with intimating behavior, pretended to have a weapon, and assaulted two law enforcement officers during booking at the jail. Hundley’s arrest was complicated by the fact that he is mute. His daughter told Deputy Isaacs that he was an alcoholic and had been drinking all day that day.
Hundley pled guilty to charges of alcohol intoxication in a public place 0 1st & 2nd offense, wanton endangerment - 1st degree, menacing, disorderly conduct, 2nd degree, resisting arrest, attempted assault - 3rd degree - police/probation officer, attempted wanton endangerment - 1st degree police officer and obstructing governmental operations. His guilty plea was accepted by Judge Henria Bailey-Lewis as being knowledgable, intelligent, and voluntary. Hundley was sentenced to 360 days in jail but with a conditional discharge for 2 years.