April 17, 2014

Army deserter caught 5 years later

By R. Scott Belzer
Staff Writer


Kentucky State Police Trooper Duane Foley found himself executing a felony warrant early Friday evening after making a routine traffic stop.

At approximately 6 p.m. on Friday, Tpr. Foley witnessed Glen D. Turner, 32, driving in Keavy without a seat belt. While performing a basic interview and running Turner’s information, the state trooper discovered Turner has been wanted for over five years.

In mid-December of 2008, it was reported that Pvt. Glen D. Turner, out of the 551st Signal Company in the United States Army, became absent without leave (AWOL) from his enlistment in Knoxville, Tenn. The following January, Captain Duane Williams, also out of the 551st Signal Company, issued a desertion warrant for Turner’s arrest.

Turner was arrested for the execution of a bench warrant for desertion from the federal armed forces — a felony offense. He was quickly extradited on Monday morning after spending the weekend at the Laurel County Detention Center.

Many questions remain regarding Turner’s fate following his extradition. The U.S. Army Deserter Information Point at Fort Knox — the department of the Army responsible for extradition — was not available for comment as of press time Tuesday.

Tuner was born in London and was living in Corbin at the time of his arrest.