Bobby Joe Reynolds — owner of the Main Street business Auto Doctor, which he recently expanded to include a bike shop — allegedly first ran afoul of the law around 5 p.m. Monday, April 24.
A 911 call was placed that evening to report a suspicious vehicle at 9295 South Road. On the premises, on which sits a trailer in which Reynolds had lived with his estranged wife, Kentucky State Police found Reynolds intoxicated in his driveway.
According to a state police citation, Reynolds was not initially observed driving any vehicle, and was advised “to stay home.”
Later that evening, Reynolds was observed by the same officer driving in maroon 1988 Buick on Hilltop Street. Reynolds made a u-turn onto Powerline Drive, but did allegedly stop when the state police cruiser pulled behind his Buick.
Reynolds failed resulting sobriety tests, and was charged with driving under the influence, his first offense according to the officer’s citation.
He was also charged with fleeing and evading, a felony offense. Reynolds was also charged for lacking proof of insurance and for not wearing his seat belt.
Reynolds was lodged at the Christian County Jail Monday evening, but was released in a matter of hours on an assurity bond signed by his son. His second alleged felony in as many days would come soon after.
On the morning of Tuesday, April 25, the South Road Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to Reynolds’ trailer at 9295 South Road, which was engulfed in flames, at about 9:45 a.m.
Reynolds allegedly interfered with firefighters’ efforts to put out the blaze. According to a Sheriff’s Office report, Reynolds was “manifestly under the influence of alcohol.”
Reynolds was arrested for alcohol intoxication and disorderly conduct for his interference.
Kentucky State Police have alleged that Reynolds was responsible for the fire, and charged him with his second felony, second-degree arson.
According to a KSP report, Reynolds was on the property with a friend, who exited the trailer. Within five minutes, according to the report, the house was in flames and Reynolds’ friend ventured inside to get him out.
Reynolds is currently lodged in the Christian County Jail, with bail set at $10,204.