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Johnson Co. traffic stop leads to arrest

JOHNSON COUNTY – A Salyersville man was arrested in Johnson County during a routine traffic stop after police found he was wanted on three active warrants.

JOHNSON COUNTY – A Salyersville man was arrested in Johnson County during a routine traffic stop after police found he was wanted on three active warrants.

According to the arrest citation, Kentucky State Police Trooper R. Hale observed a vehicle, operated by Leonard R. Blair, 30, of Salyersville, with one tail light not illuminated, the other tail light not covered, and the vehicle registration showing it had been expired since January 2018.

Hale made contact with Blair, who produced an expired permit for law enforcement, telling Hale his operator’s license was in his other vehicle. He told police he had just traded for the vehicle he was driving at the time of the traffic stop, but was unable to produce proof of insurance for the vehicle, a bill of sale or the title.

The vehicle reportedly had a wiring issue that made the headlights and brake lights switch on and off at random.

Blair was wanted in a Floyd County case, with an active warrant against him for the charges of receiving stolen property, $10,000 or more, and persistent felony offender. According to the warrant, on April 29, 2020, in Floyd County, Spears allegedly exercised control of a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado that he knew to be stolen from Walters Auto group. Blair reportedly admitted to police to picking up the vehicle after being told it was stolen and parking it at the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.

He was also wanted in another Floyd County case for allegedly taking a 2018 Polaris ATV, valued at $4,000, from Prestonsburg Gun and Pawn, cutting the chain that secured it and taking it to Magoffin County to trade it for a motorcycle, which was later sold, as well. In that case, Blair is facing the charges or persistent felony offender and theft by unlawful taking (auto, $500 or more but under $10,000).

Blair is also charged with no registration plates, no registration receipt, regular title requirements vehicle not operating on highway, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle, transfer of motor vehicle without bill of sale, failure to produce insurance card, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, improper equipment, and license to be in possession.
At press time, Blair is being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Editor’s Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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