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Accident scene lollygagger busted attempting to walk away

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By Josh Shepherd, News writer

A Georgetown man, claiming to be a bystander at a non-injury accident on Ky. 36 west Monday morning, walked away from the scene a little too quickly when Harrison County sheriff’s deputies arrived. A background check revealed the man had three outstanding warrants in Scott County and was arrested at the scene.

According to a report from the  Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Mullannix, 42, of Stone Avenue in Georgetown, was seen standing at the scene of a single vehicle non-injury accident.

 As cruisers drew closer to the wreck, deputy Dean Hutchison reported that Mullannix walked quickly away in an apparent attempt to avoid an encounter with law enforcement.

Hutchison followed the suspect around the back of a private home and requested identification. Mullannix explained that he had been walking along the highway when he saw the accident occur.

 In the meantime, deputy Robert Peak was taking down the accident report from Jessica Smith of Georgetown. According to the accident report, she lost control of her vehicle on a wet road and ended up crashing into an embankment.

She told officers that she was alone in her car, the report said.

Presenting suspicious behavior, Hutchison requested a background check on Mullannix. Dispatch returned with information that three arrest warrants had been issued in Scott County against Mullannix.

They included a warrant for an unpaid fine of $500 after having been found  guilty of theft by unlawful taking. 

He was also sought on a charge of fraudulent use of a credit card over $500 and failure to pay child support.

 Mullannix was subsequently taken into custody, served the warrants and was later transported to the Bourbon County Detention Center on all charges.