A Vine Grove man was recently indicted in Grayson County Circuit Court for allegedly firing a 9 millimeter gun from his own vehicle at a couple driving on a Grayson County roadway.
31-year-old Jonathan Blake Whelan faced a grand jury indictment on May 6, which included two charges of wanton endangerment in the first degree; operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, fourth or greater office; operating a motor vehicle on a suspended/revoked operator’s license; and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.
Court documents allege that on March 15, Whelan fired a gunshot at another vehicle on the roadway. The other vehicle was being driven by Larry Ray and had one passenger inside, Edna Ray.
At the time of the incident, documents state that Whelan was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, an offence which he had previously been found guilty of three or more times. His operator’s license was also suspended or revoked at the time.
A Kel-Tec 9 millimeter handgun was alleged to have been illegally concealed under the center console of Whelan’s vehicle.
Arresting officer, Deputy Joey Beasley, of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department served as witness against Whelan.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office recommended that he be held on a $25,000 cash bond due to the offensive nature of his alleged crimes, with additional court notes stating that Whelan was considered a “danger to society.”
Despite the recommendation, the bond was set at $10,000 full cash on March 16, and was further dropped to a $10,000 partially secured bond, with only $2,000 cash being paid at the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office on March 27, when Whelan was released from the Grayson County Detention Center after serving less than two weeks of time there.