PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg Police are reporting that one of their officers was dragged down the road after making a routine police stop Tuesday afternoon, before engaging the suspect in a high-speed pursuit. Police say that the pursuit involved two separate car crashes before it came to an end in Pike County.
According to Prestonsburg Police Assistant Chief Brian Hall, an officer had stopped a vehicle driven by Christopher Hall, near the on ramp of U.S. 23’s south bound lane near Prestonsburg. Hall says the suspect provided the officer with a false name. At this time, another officer arrived on scene.
When the initial officer returned to the vehicle to question the subject about the false name, the suspect allegedly grabbed the officer’s arm and started driving down the road.
What followed, police say, was 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 that, according to Hall, was occupied by “a family.”
The suspect continued, before finally crashing near Pikeville High School. Hall said both the suspect and the family were treated for their injuries at Pikeville Medical Center.
On Thursday, Hall, who is reportedly still recieving treatment at Pikeville Medical Center, was scheduled to be arraigned on two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, theft of identitity, giving officer false name, reckless driving, driving on DUI-suspended license, second-degree disorderly conduct, and first-degree assault.
The investigation is ongoing. Time staff will continue to follow this story and update it as new information becomes available.
Prestonsburg Police were assisted by Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Motor Vehicle Enforcement and Pikeville Police.