Missing semi recovered, driver charged with theft and DUI

J Anderson Farms tractor-trailer from Pulaski County at the center of a missing person turned theft and DUI case against its driver, Lawrence Irvin Johnson, of Nancy, who was arrested on 8-1-19

SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – A semi and its driver, both listed as missing, were found and the driver charged in two different counties, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say Lawrence Irvin Johnson, of Nancy, left in an J Anderson Farms tractor-trailer to pick up a load of cattle in Athens, Georgia.  When he later couldn’t be reached, deputies opened an investigation on July 30, 2019.

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Deputies say due to the possibility that something may have happened to Johnson, he was listed as a missing person.

On July 31, the cattle were located in Lebanon, Tennessee at a stockyard, but there still no sign of Johnson or the tractor-trailer, according to deputies.

Later that same day, Kentucky State Police found the tractor-trailer at a Walmart in Columbia, Kentucky.  KSP says they also found Johnson and arrested him on a DUI charge.  He was taken to the Adair County Regional Jail, but was later released.

On August 1, Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies obtained an arrest warrant for Johnson on a theft charge.  He was arrested later that day on West Waterloo Road in Nancy.  He was taken to the Pulaski County Detention Center, according to deputies.