Two Cars Taken Without Permission Lead to Charges
By WestKyStar Staff
BENTON, KY - A Grand Rivers man has been arrested, and a Benton man is facing charges, after two different vehicles were taken without permission.
On June 30 a Calvert City Police Officer responded to a disturbance call at Inn By The Lake in Calvert City, arresting a woman. Her vehicle was left with 27-year-old James D. Haney of Grand Rivers, and he refused to return the car to its rightful owner, Daniel Wesmolan of Marion, KY.
Wesmolan reported unlawful use of the vehicle to the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, and a warrant was issued for Haney's arrest. On Tuesday at 7:20 pm, on West 5th Street in Benton, Haney was served with the warrant, along with another warrant from Calvert City Police for possession of a controlled subtance 3rd degree. He was taken to Marshall County Detention Center, where he later gave the location of the car in Livingston County, and it was returned to Wesmolan.
The truck driven by Haney at the time of his arrest was left at the scene. A passenger in the truck, 43-year-old Mitchell McDonald of Benton volunteered to contact Haney's father, who owned the truck, so he could come get it. McDonald's license had been suspended, so he was instructed not to drive the truck. However, a short time later, the Deputy who had been at the scene learned that McDonald had taken the truck.
After repeated attempts to contact him, the vehicle is now listed as stolen. McDonald will faces the charge of theft by unlawful taking, but he and the truck have not been located. The vehicle is a Blue 2000 Ford Ranger 4x4 extended cab, with gray trim. Anyone with information about the truck or McDonald's location should call the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, or Crime Stoppers at 270-527-COPS.