WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Somerset man was taken into custody Tuesday after reportedly “cranking donuts” in a stolen Jeep up at a McCreary County rehab center.

According to the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office, John Phelps, 52, had stolen the Jeep earlier on Tuesday from Nicholasville.

An arrest citation showed Phelps was reportedly “flying” up and down the road near the Next Chapter Rehab, “cranking donuts,” and driving toward the building.

Authorities said Phelps said “yes I am under the influence” when pulled over and could not follow simple instructions when a sobriety test was attempted. During the sobriety test, authorities said he closed his eyes, laughed, and said he had been drinking and smoking.


It was noted in the citation that Phelps refused a blood draw and said the government was shut down and that the “jeep is not mine I stole it.”

John Phelps mugshot (Knox County Detention Center)

He was booked into the Knox County Detention Center, where he was charged with:

  • No operator-moped license
  • Theft by unlawful taking of an automobile greater than $10,000 but less than $1 million
  • Reckless driving
  • Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence

He is due to be arraigned in court at 9:01 a.m. on Thursday.