One of Clay County’s most wanted fugitives was caught last week after a brief foot chase at Bullskin.

Gary Daniels, 32, of Oneida, was wanted on charges of attempted murder of a police officer, wanton endangerment 1stof a police officer (three counts), criminal mischief 1st, persistent felony offender, receiving stolen property and fleeing or evading police on foot and in a motor vehicle.

In January 2019, police chased Daniels into Oneida after he allegedly had stolen a truck.  Deputies Jeremy Gabbard and Brandon Edwards pursued Daniels to a dead-end road where he then allegedly used the truck as a weapon and struck both deputies vehicles to escape putting them in a life-threatening situation.

Daniels then exited the truck and ran through the Oneida Baptist Institute campus and jumped into the river.  The 6-2, 250lb Daniels proceeded to float in the flooded river for approximately three miles.

Police from several agencies followed along the riverbanks pleading the Daniels to surrender as they feared he would drown in the swollen river.

The flood waters became too much for Daniels to fight.  He finally made his way to the bank and collapsed from exhaustion and near hypothermia.

The Clay Grand Jury returned an indictment on the charges in April ’19 from the event and police have been looking for him since.

Last week, Kentucky State Trooper Logan Wolfe found Daniels at the Bullskin Trading Post and he fled on foot as the trooper pulled into the parking lot.

“I gave chase on foot and gave verbal commands for him to stop,” Wolfe said.  “He continued to run and made a loop back towards the roadway and ran back into a wooded area.”

Trooper Wolfe found Daniels laying down and did not have to use force as Daniels surrendered.

Daniels refused to identify himself during the arrested and would not speak.  Once back at the Clay County Detention Center, Daniels was positively identified as the wanted fugitive.

He now faces additional charges of fleeing or evading police (on foot), giving an officer false identifying information, resisting arrest and public intoxication.

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