Jack LattaStaff Writer
November 27, 2012
PRESTONSBURG — A competency hearing is scheduled this week for a man accused of dragging a Prestonsburg police officer from his vehicle as he attempted to flee.
Christopher Allen Salyers, 41, of Pikeville, is scheduled to be in Floyd Circuit Court at 11 a.m., Thursday, for a hearing to establish his competency to stand trial.
Salyers was reportedly stopped at a checkpoint July 3 and gave officers a false name. When questioned further, Salyers allegedly grabbed Prestonsburg Police officer Brian Prater’s arm and began to drive away. Prater was able to free himself from Salyers’ grip before his speed increased.
Police say the event turned into a high-speed pursuit reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, that led police into Pike County. In Pike County, the suspect allegedly collided with another vehicle. Undeterred, Salyers continued on before a final crash near Pikeville High School ended the chase and sent the man to jail.
Salyers has been indicted on charges of first-degree attempted assault, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, theft of identity, giving an officer a false name or address, reckless driving, driving on a DUI-suspended license and first-degree disorderly conduct.