Tommy Wagers was having a little trouble with the brakes on his 1999 Ford F150 truck Wednesday evening so he decided to pull over at Hooker Hill Road on Ky. 11 and check it out.
Tommy and his passenger, Felix Wagers, were checking the truck when a man “jumped out of the weeds” on them, police say.
The man, Bobby Couch, 30, had a stick in his hand and was wearing a back pack. A confrontation ensued and Couch allegedly struck Tommy Wagers in the face and took control of his truck.
A call then came across dispatch for officers to respond to a traffic accident on Ky. 11 at the location.
Kentucky State Trooper Don Trosper arrived on the scene and then found out the incident was actually a car jacking.
Witnesses told police the truck left the scene and fled on Buzzard. Officers with the Kentucky State Police, Clay County Sheriff’s Department and Manchester City Police pursued and went to the Goose Rock area to see if Couch was going to exit on School House Branch.
Police received a report that Couch had been spotted on the right hand fork of Billy’s Branch.
Trooper Michelle Lang located the stolen truck park next to a church. Officers then began a search of the area for Couch.
Sheriff Patrick Robinson and deputy Dewey Grubb spotted Couch hiding behind a residence. Couch ran from them and Grubb gave pursuit. After a brief chase Couch surrendered to police.
Police say this was the second vehicle Couch had stolen within the last week as was also charged with stealing a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado from Martha Smith on Ky. 687. He faces a charge of theft by unlawful taking auto in the theft.
Couch was charged with theft by unlawful taking auto, assault 4th degree, fleeing or evading police (on foot) 2nd, criminal mischief 2nd and also a bench warrant for failure to appear.