It is a story that involves a chainsaw, a suspect allegedly high on synthetic drugs, and people running for their lives.
Lillian Thacker says her 21 year old son threatened her life with a chainsaw and beat her in the Evarts community of Harlan County.
Rodney Thacker told WYMT's Angela Sparkman from jail that he was high on synthetic marijuana and drunk and does not remember anything.
The mother and son have not talked to each other since the alleged attack Sunday night.
Lillian Thacker is covered in cuts and bruises. She says they came from her son Rodney Thacker.
"He went plum crazy," Lillian Thacker said.
She says it started on a camping trip in the mountains. She says Rodney and her boyfriend could not agree on which radio station to listen to, and then Rodney got mad.
"He gets the chainsaw out, and he's trying to start it up, and he's going to cut me up with it. He's going to kill me with it," Lillian Thacker said.
She managed to escape but says he followed her to her home behind the old Evarts High School. She said he kicked and beat her there.
"He tried to get a butcher knife off my mom and my sister. He told them he was going to stab me. He comes over there and is shoving me in the face," she said.
In a jailhouse interview, Rodney Thacker says he has no memory of any of that.
"Got drunk, I wasn't in my right mind. I don't remember much that happened," Rodney Thacker said.
He blames taking synthetic marijuana and drinking alcohol. He says he blacked out from the combination.
Deputies say he threatened them too while being arrested. They tazed him and Thacker says that is when his memory comes back.
"I don't even remember moving to get tazed, but I got tazed twice and it woke me up, sobered me up," Rodney Thacker said.
He says he regrets the drugs and alcohol and hurting his mother.
"I'm sorry mom and dad. I love you all. I hope they forgive me," he said.
Lillian Thacker says she will forgive him.
"I still love my son. It's just hurtful he did that," she said.
Rodney Thacker is being held in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $20,000 full cash bond.
He has nine charges include assault and resisting arrest.
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