May 23, 2013

Hit and run at Vendors Mall

By Carol Mills
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy Larry Parrott, along with Deputies Robbie Grimes and Mikey Ashurst, investigated a hit and run traffic crash which occurred at Vendors Mall parking lot, 10 miles south of London, on Saturday at approximately 3:45 p.m.

When deputies arrived to investigate, they discovered a silver Chevrolet Blazer had struck a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt  in the parking lot, and the driver had fled the scene. A witness  in the parking lot got the license tag off the Blazer as it fled. Deputy Parrott ran the tag through the computer, learned to whom the vehicle was registered, and went to that residence on Pine Top Road in western Laurel County to locate the suspect. He learned the subject had recently picked his wife up from work. Deputy Parrott located the silver Chevrolet Blazer, and Walter S. Yocum, 35, of Pine Top Road, London. Yocum told Deputy Parrott he fled the scene of the crash because he had a suspended driver's license.

Yocum was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident (hit and run); operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license; no insurance, second offense; and other traffic charges. He also had two outstanding felony charges on Laurel County bench warrants for theft by unlawful taking. Yocum also was wanted out of Indiana on felony warrants. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

This case shows once again the invaluable help the Laurel County Sheriff's Office gets from the citizens of Laurel County who continually help in solving crimes, Root said.