Laurel County sheriff's deputies investigating the case of a man passed out in a van found a backpack lodged in the van's grill that led them to a critically injured teenager who had been hit by the van.
On Thursday night, two deputies went to a home on Green Field Lane 8 miles south of London, where it had been reported that a man in a van was banging on the door, according to a news release from the Laurel County sheriff's department.
The deputies found Terry Mullins, 47, of Corbin, intoxicated and "passed out under the wheel of a blue and white 1990 GMC full-size van," according to the release.
The van had damage to the right front bumper, grill and windshield. Hair was embedded in the windshield and a backpack was stuck in the grill.
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Deputies found an address for Ky. 2392 inside the backpack, and when they went to that home, the parents of a 17-year-old boy told them their son was late coming home and had left riding a bicycle.
Sheriff's deputies and state police began searching for the boy, who was found lying in a ditch off U.S. 25 near the intersection of Ky. 2392.
He was critically injured and was taken by helicopter to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
Police say Mullins had been northbound on U.S. 25 when he ran off the shoulder of the road and hit the teen, who was not identified, then left. The van was about 2 miles away when deputies found it.
Mullins was charged with first-degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid involving a serious injury, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, operating on a suspended or revoked license and failure to maintain insurance.
Mullins also was wanted on two outstanding bench warrants for failure to appear in court in Laurel County.
He was being held in the Laurel County Correctional Center on $25,000 bond.