As a result of what police are calling an ongoing civil issue gone awry, Leitchfield City Councilmember Margaret Fey was indicted last week in Grayson District Court for Wanton Endangerment in the Second Degree.
According to the indictment, filed on Tuesday, Dec. 1, Fey, on or about Oct. 25, 2015, in Grayson County, KY, “committed the offense of Wanton Endangerment in the Second Degree when she wantonly engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger of physical injury of Brittany Mattingly…”
The indictment stems from an incident investigated by the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD), on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, during which LPD Patrolman Jesse Townsend responded to a residence on Central Avenue in Leitchfield in regards to “a possible assault/fight,” according to a police report filed by Townsend.
When LPD officers arrived on the scene, Mattingly, who had called E-911 dispatch about the incident, was coming out of the garage at the Central Avenue residence, the report reads.
Mattingly alleged that her aunt, Fey, had attempted to hit her with her vehicle, according to the report.
According to a supplement to Townsend’s report filed by LPD Patrolman Eugene Cain, who also responded to the incident in question, “Mattingly stated that she was standing at the front of the garage, and Fey sped into the driveway and slammed on the brakes of her vehicle, almost hitting her and resulting in her having to step back a couple times to prevent being struck.”
Mattingly told police that she had tried to contact Fey about having her move her things out of the garage because she was planning on renting the house and the garage, Townsend’s report reads.
Mattingly stated that she went over to the Feys’ house, which is across the road, and she made contact with Fey’s husband, whom unlocked the garage door, according to the report.
While trying to change the locks, Fey arrived at the residence, and Mattingly stated that “she stood in front of the garage, while doing that, Fey attempted to drive recklessly and almost hit her,” Townsend’s report states.
When officers arrived on scene, they found Fey inside the garage moving items to her vehicle, the report reads.
“Fey stated Mattingly is lying and that she would never hit her with the vehicle. Fey stated that the arguments started because of the issues with the house and the property which have not been finalized through the courts,” the report reads.
Cain’s supplement states that Fey told police that her late aunt had it in her will that the property at which the alleged incident took place was to go to a church, and Mattingly is supposed to have the residence rented and is wanting Fey to remove her items from the garage where they have been for the past few years.
According to Cain’s supplement, he took photos of the skid marks in the driveway.
Fey was initially charged with Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, a Class D felony, according to Townsend’s report; however, court documents state that after the matter was presented to the Grayson County Grand Jury, the Grand Jury returned a misdemeanor charge and referred the case to Grayson District Court.
According to Kentucky Revised Statute 508.070, Wanton Endangerment in the Second Degree is a Class A misdemeanor.
Fey is scheduled to appear in Grayson County District Court on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m.
An individual facing a court indictment is to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Indictments are charges being brought against an individual by the Commonwealth but are not a finding of guilt.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.