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Cruisers, officers decontaminated in bed bug scare

The fear of some small pests caused a big problem Wednesday at a Central Kentucky jail.

Police say a couple booked into the Boyle County Detention Center sparked a bed bug scare. Because of that, some police officers and jail workers had to be decontaminated.

What should have been just a ride to jail for an ex-husband and wife, turned into an extensive search for bedbugs.

As Danville Police Chief Tony Gray explains, Wednesday morning officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home on Caldwell Street. They charged both Lisa and Thomas McManus with assault, and were in the process of booking them, when Jailer Barry Harmon says Thomas McManus told them his home was infested with bed bugs.

"The incident happened in the sally port, which is where the arresting officers bring the person in in their units. That part's secured," explains Harmon.

The part of the jail where all inmates stay, Harmon says, wasn't at risk and doesn't have any bedbugs.

Crews spent the better part of the day taking individual items out of the police cruisers, having to decontaminate them one by one.

Harmon says both Lisa and Thomas McManus have been decontaminated and are in isolation cells.

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