KRYPTON -- A man who allegedly escaped from a jail transport van in May was rearrested in Perry County last week, along with two other people charged with helping him elude authorities.
Police originally arrested 35-year-old William Feltner on May 15 after receiving a tip that he had broken in to a home in the Christopher community. After police followed him to a gas station in Airport Gardens, Feltner was alleged to have rammed two police cruisers before leading authorities on a foot pursuit, eventually getting away in a wooded area near the scene.
Feltner was arrested the following day at a residence in the Combs community, but on May 20 allegedly escaped from a jail transport van after his arraignment in Perry District Court, according to police.
After more than a week on the loose, an investigation into his escape led officers to a residence on Highway 451 in the Krypton community Wednesday evening, said Lt. Randy Napier with the Hazard Police Department.
“He had supposedly been staying in the woods up above a residence at 11809 Ky. Highway 451,” Napier said, adding that Feltner was walking out of the tree line as authorities arrived on the scene.
Feltner didn’t attempt to flee again, Napier noted, though he did resist as officers placed him under arrest. Two other people, a man and a woman later identified as 46-year-old Gail M. Gormly and 36-year-old Raymond Brush, were also arrested on charges of hindering prosecution or apprehension.
“We found out that those two people at the residence did know that he was there, and who he was,” Napier said.
There was some concern that Feltner had injured himself during his alleged escape two weeks ago, as the van from which he jumped was moving at a high rate of speed. He was not complaining of any injuries when arrested last week, Napier said. He will be facing additional charges, however, to go along with charges including assault and wanton endangerment related to the initial complaint from May 15.
According to the latest police citation, Feltner was charged on May 29 with menacing, resisting arrest, illegal possession of legend drug, and public intoxication.
Gail Gormly was charged with first-degree hindering apprehension, a Class D felony, along with DUI, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license, and first-degree possession of a controlled substance. According to the citation filed by Perry County Deputy Kevin Day, Gormly was helping Feltner hide from law enforcement on her property in the Krypton community, and was in possession of several pills at the time of her arrest.
Raymond Brush was charged with second-degree hindering apprehension, a misdemeanor, along with charges of menacing, resisting arrest, and second-degree disorderly conduct.