LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - A loud bang on a door on Greenfield Lane near Corbin Thursday night prompted a neighbor to call police. They say Terry D. Mullins was found passed out in his van. But a closer look found evidence of some kind of crash.
"It looked like a head mark in the windshield, a backpack embedded in the grill," said Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office of what deputies found just before 9 p.m. Thursday.
Police feared someone had been hit and those were confirmed when a 17 year old was found in a ditch about 2 miles away...just after 10 p.m. on US 25. Police say Mullins hit the bike rider...then took off.
"This was one of the most intoxicated individuals I have come across in 32 years of police work," said Acciardo.
Mullins has faced alcohol related charges before. Court records show Mullins pleaded guilty to DUI offenses in 2003 and 2006. Twice in 2008 he was charged with assault.
He remains in jail on a $20,000 cash only bond for the current offenses.
"This was a terrible preventable crash. Not an accident," said Acciardo.
Relatives say that RJ Warren suffered a broken back and hip, and a fractured skill. They say they are concerned he may also lose a kidney.
Police say it's a good thing neighbors called them when they saw Mullins banging on the door.
"We were very fortunate he was found last night. He would have laid there and died in the ditch," said Acciardo.
Mullins declined a request to give WKYT his side of the story from jail