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Bizarre events leave a trail of destruction

Voice Staff Report

A bizarre series of events that left a trail of destruction unfolded Monday, September 20, 2021, in Pine Knot, KY.  McCreary Sheriff Randy Waters reported a caller into 911 at 2:42 pm stated they were traveling north on U.S. Hwy 27 following a blue Impala that was all over the road. About 10 minutes later a call from Oneida Police Department alerted local police to be on the lookout for a stolen, dark blue Chevy Impala headed north on U.S. 27, with the driver possibly identified as Darrell Harness. Sheriff Waters and Kentucky State Police Trooper Craig Reed tried to locate the Impala without any results. 

Approximately an hour later, 911 received a call from a health care worker at Signature Health Care saying someone driving a dark blue Impala was in the parking lot trying to spray paint her car, a 2020 Mustang. The woman went outside and asked the man what he was doing. The man answered he ‘wanted the keys to my car,’ the healthcare worker responded that it was not his car. The man got in the stolen Impala and rammed the front of the Mustang.

The maintenance man came out to join the woman and the subject advised him that he wanted the keys to his car. The subject then pointed his finger at them and told them he would not shoot a woman but he would shoot a man and began counting from 10 backward. When he reached zero the subject said ‘bang, I shot you in the leg.’ The man turned the Impala around like he was leaving the parking lot but put the car in reverse, driving backward hitting the Mustang again, pushing it into the grass and struck another vehicle before leaving the parking lot. 

The blue Impala traveled to U.S. Hwy 27 where the subject saw a white Crown Victoria with a light bar and proceeded to hit it in the rear wheel, then traveled on to US Hwy 1651. During this time, Sheriff’s Deputies and KSP Troopers were traveling Hwy 1651 and US 27 trying to locate the stolen Impala. Sheriff Waters returned to Signature Healthcare where the maintenance man identified the driver as Darrell Harness, while Chief Deputy Tom Smith worked the Crown Vic accident.

The search for Harness continued with no results until approximately 5:17 pm when another caller to 911 stated that a male on Elisha Daugherty Road in Pine Knot was destroying their home. The family had arrived home to find Darrell Harness inside where he had wrecked the house, broken windows, and poured bleach on clothes and thrown them out the windows. Items were missing from the home but were unable to be located. 

Sheriff Waters arrived at the home at 5:25 pm and KSP Trooper Harrison Wells and Chief Deputy Tom Smith arrived two minutes later. The officers found Harness behind the house trying to pry the barn door open with a metal pole.  Refusing to obey several verbal commands from the Officers, the Taser was deployed and Harness was taken into custody. 

Chief Deputy Tom Smith arrested Darrell Harness, age 39, of Robbins, TN and charged him for the alleged offenses of Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Receiving Stolen Property $1,000 < $10,000, Burglary 1st Degree, Menacing, Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (excludes Alcohol). Harness was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Responding officers were Sheriff Randy Waters, Chief Deputy Tom Smith, Deputy Stuart Bryant, KSP Trooper Craig Reed and KSP Trooper Harrison Wells. The McCreary County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of the investigation.

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