Former body shop owner accused of assault remains at large

Jerry Mathes, the man accused of assaulting a customer at his former body shop on Roy Arnold Drive, failed to appear in Boyle County Circuit Court on Monday, marking his second failed appearance.

Mathes faces charges of first-degree assault; first-degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine); first-degree possession of drug paraphernalia; and three charges of contempt of court, stemming from failed appearances and a failed drug test.

Boyle County Circuit Court Judge Darren Peckler set the next appearance for Mathes for 9 a.m. Sept. 5, and said it would give officers time to locate the man.

Mathes was out on a $20,000 bond, placed by three separate individuals. Peckler told the three in court it was unlikely they would be able to get all, if any, of their money back.

Mathes charges stem from an alleged fight involving a weapon on Oct. 24, 2014, at Jerry’s Body Shop in Danville. Mathes alleged fought with Ricky Cole, a customer at the time, who sustained a gunshot wound in the altercation.

The pair were allegedly fighting over money relating to work Mathes had done on a truck belonging to Cole, according to case files.

Mathes was also allegedly found with a small packet of white powder, which tested positive as cocaine.

There were a total of 145 cases heard before Judge Peckler on Monday, including:

• one case involving synthetic drugs;

• one case involving marijuana;

• two cases involving operating a motor vehicle while under the influence;

• four cases involving unspecified types of drugs;

• five cases involving cocaine;

• 10 cases involving fentanyl;

• 19 cases involving heroin;

• 34 cases involving drug paraphernalia; and 

• 48 cases involving methamphetamine.