INEZ, Ky. – Terry Jarvis, 26 from Naugatuck, was arrested Monday, Feb. 15 in Martin County after swimming across the icy cold Tug River to avoid arrest.
Martin County Sheriff John Kirk explained that the incidenct occurred after members of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) arrived at the Jarvis residence to arrest him on active warrants. Jarvis fled from the back entrance of the residence and swam the Tug River into Martin County, Kentucky.
“He was wearing long shorts, a T-shirt and no shoes ,” Kirk explained. “After swimming in the river into Martin County, he caught a ride to a residence where they refused to let him in,” Kirk continued.
Kirk explained that Jarvis was tracked to another residence where he was able to gain entry. “When they wouldn’t let him in, he went to another residence where he knew the people. We followed his footprints in the snow to the other residence,” Kirk said.
The people at the residence are also facing charges following the incident. Kirk explained that those residing at the house where Jarvis fled have been charged with hindrance and apprehension of prosecution for denying that Jarvis was inside the residence. “The people tried to say that he wasn’t there. We told them that we could see the footprints leading up to the place and that he had to be there. There were wet clothes by the door into the house that belonged to Jarvis. They had given him dry clothes,” Jarvis explained.
Law enforcement eventually located Jarvis within the residence. “We found him hiding in the bathtub,” Kirk said.
Jarvis is currently lodged at the Big Sandy Detention Center where he will be extradited back to Mingo County, W.Va.
Kirk explained that Martin County will not tolerate disobedience of the law.
“If you come to Martin County to hide from the law, you have come to the wrong place. We take it serious around here. If we know they are here and wanted by the law, we are going after them,” Kirk stated.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)